A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Samuel Kidd, baritone, is quickly establishing himself as a young singer of note. A recent graduate of The Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Gerald Martin Moore, his recent highlights include singing Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Merola Opera Program, Belcore from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Tarquinius with Yale Opera, and Onegin from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Music Academy of the West.
While at home on the opera stage, Samuel’s first love and passion is for art song and recital singing, in particular German Lieder. His recent performance in the Merola Opera Program’s Metamorphasis recital was praised for its “cohesive blend of caressing phrases and dynamic intensity” (Classical Voice San Francisco). Last November, he appeared with the Cincinnati Song Initiative performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. In April 2021 he participated in the Caramoor Rising Star program, directed and curated by Steven Blier. He was also featured in the New York Festival of Song’s online season in September 2020. At The University of Michigan, he gave two performances of Schubert’s Winterreise, as well as Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the University Symphony Orchestra.
Last summer, Samuel returned Music Academy of the West to sing the title role of Eugene Onegin. In summer 2021 he was a Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist, covering the roles of Anthony in Sweeney Toddy and Ophémon in L’Amant Anonyme. He was also a Studio Artist with WTO in 2020, performing in the scenes program. In 2018 and 2019 Samuel was a vocal fellow at the Music Academy of the West. In 2019, he performed the roles of Ethan/Owens in Cold Mountain by Jennifer Higdon, as well as the bass solos in Pulcinella by Stravinsky under the baton of Thomas Adès. In 2018, he performed the role of Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, as well as in the chorus of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Samuel enjoys oratorio and choral singing, having performed the baritone solos in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Requiem with the Plymouth Oratorio society, and bass solos in Bach’s Mass in B minor and Montiverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Audivi and the Michigan Bach Collective.