Samuel Pantcheff studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance. In his first year of study, he was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize. He was supported by the Mills Williams Award and the Norman McCann Prize
Opera engagements include Leporello for Head First Productions, Lumaca La scuola de gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera, Sharpless at the King’s Head Theatre, Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival Opera, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture by Stephen Oliver, conducted by Stephen Barlow for the Buxton Festival, Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Melos Sinfonia at the Grimeborn Festival and St Petersburg (Russian premiere), Aeneas (Helios Collective), Zareskty/Captain Eugene Onegin (RAO) , L’horloge comtoise/Le chat L’enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO. He has sung the baritone roles in Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich on tour in Russia, and Ligeti’s Nouvelles Aventures and Aventures at the St Petersburg Philharmonia.
Other operatic experience includes Masino La vera costanza (RAO), Nardo (cover) La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Rimksy-Korsakov’s Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors (covers) Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera; Schaunard La Bohème, and Cadmus Semele. Roles in RAO scenes include Spencer Coyle Owen Wingrave, Ping Turandot, Don Giovanni, Harlekin and Simeon L’enfant prodigue.
Oratorio solo experience includes Ode to Saint Cecilia (Dunedin Consort), Cantatas BWV74, BWV106 (Royal Albert Hall/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series), Messiah (Johannesburg Concert Orchestra), and St Matthew Passion (Israel Camerata). Highlights for 2018 include St Matthew Passion (Salisbury Cathedral) and Brahms German Requiem (St John’s Smith Square). He has worked as a soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Bach Cantatas in venues across Europe including the Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Köln Philharmonie, Bach Fest (Leipzig) and the Barbican Concert Hall.
He is currently singing Juan in Joseph Phibbs’s new opera Juliana premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in July 2018, and with Scottish Opera in BambinO.