London based Australian tenor, Samuel Sakker, studied Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, and later, Commerce at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His 2018/19 season engagements include Don Jose Carmen (Danish National Opera), Tichon Kabanov Káťa Kabanová (Scottish Opera), Erik Der fliegende Holländer (Opéra de Rennes and Nantes-Angers Opéra), Pollione Norma (Melbourne Opera); and concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
A former Royal Opera House company principal artist, his previous performance highlights include Erik Der fliegende Holländer (Cape Town Opera & Nederlandse Reisopera); Laertes in the Australian premier of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Adelaide Festival); tenor soloist in Song of the Earth (Royal Ballet and English National Ballet); David in Die meistersinger von Nürnberg (State Opera of South Australia); Cavaradossi Tosca (English Touring Opera); Alfredo La traviata (Royal Opera House & New Zealand Opera); Cpt. James Nolan in the Grammy nominated recording of Doctor Atomic (BBC Symphony Orchestra), which was also be performed in concert at the Barbican under the baton of composer John Adams; the title role in Liszt's unfinished opera Sardanapalo; Alfredo La traviata and Baroncelli Rienzi (Melbourne Opera); as well as roles for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland.
Recently, Samuel was awarded first place in the 2017 Wagner Society Singing Competition by a panel including Dame Janet Baker, Dame Felicity Lott and President of The Society, Dame Gwyneth Jones. He was awarded second place in the inaugural 2017 Grange Festival Singing Competition, and has been the recipient of awards from the Opera Awards Foundation and the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation.
On the concert platform he has performed as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem alongside Albina Shagimuratova, Joyce DiDonato and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano in Japan; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Barbican Hall/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with The Royal Ballet; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Anghiari Festival in Italy; Mozart's Requiem at London’s Cadogan Hall; Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem for the Brisbane Festival; as a soloist in Hyde Park for the Last Night of the BBC Proms; and Nessun Dorma for the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park.
From 2014-16 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme where his roles included 1st Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Heinrich der Schreiber Tannhäuser, Gastone La traviata, Malcolm Macbeth (Japan Tour), Abdallo Nabucco, Barbarigo I due Foscari, Patacha L'Etoile, Sandy/Officer 1 in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse (Linbury Theatre), and understudied B.F. Pinkerton, Macduff, Ismaele, Lensky, Tamino, and Don Ottavio.