South Australian soprano, Samantha Rubenhold, began her singing career under the guidance of Rae Cocking at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours. During her final year at the Conservatorium, Samantha made her professional solo debut with the South Australian company Co-Opera: Opera on the Move. She toured extensively throughout Australia appearing as Fiordoligi (Così fan tutte), Micaela (Carmen), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La bohème) and Papagena (The Magic Flute).
Samantha was awarded a number of scholarships and grants including the German Operatic Award, American Institute of Musical Studies Graz Scholarship, Emerging Artist Mentorship Award, Goethe Institute Düsseldorf Scholarship and the Australian National Academy of Music Scholarship. These facilitated her ongoing development of her career in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Graz, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne.
Residing in Europe for 5 years, Samantha undertook further specialist training in both the UK and Germany and was a member of the Cologne Opera from 2003-2005. During this time she performed in a wide array of operatic productions appearing as Atalanta (Xerxes), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Yvonne (Jonny Spielt auf), Pedro (Don Quichotte), Cinderella (Cinderella), Viviane (Merlin), Gottliebchen (Scherz, Satire, Ironie), Schopfhenne (The Cunning Little Vixen), Nicolette (The Love of Three Oranges) and Die Lust (Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo). She also covered as Marzelline (Fidelio) and Tebaldo (Don Carlo). Samantha’s time at Cologne Opera culminated with her highly acclaimed portrayal of the lead role Anne (The Diary of Anne Frank), for which she was voted ‘The best rising talent for 2005’ in the North-West Rhine region of Germany. She was then cast to appear as Isabella for Hamburg Kammeroper’s 3-month season of Das Liebesverbot.
A former James and Diana Ramsey Foundation Young Artist with State Opera South Australia, Samantha returned to Australia in 2007 to perform her debut main stage role for the State Opera of South Australia appearing as Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore). Since that time she has appeared as Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Jay/Cock (The Cunning Little Vixen) and soloist in ‘Divine Mozart’ and ‘Puccini Spectacular’ at the Adelaide Town Hall. Samantha also covered as Eva (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Nedda (Pagliacci), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Desdemona (Otello), Liu (Turandot), Gilda (Rigoletto), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Nuria (Ainadamar) for the company.
Samantha has gained notice over the years due to her expressive tone and powerful stage presence. Recognised as a singer of exceptional talent, Samantha brings intensity to her performances, which always captivates her audience.