London-based Australian tenor Samuel Sakker studied Music at the Queensland Conservatorium and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2014-16. Winner of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, Sam has also received awards from the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation, and the International Opera Awards.
Sakker opened the 2019/20 season in Australia in a much-anticipated role debut as Pollione Norma (Melbourne Opera); followed by further engagements including his role debut as Des Grieux Manon Lescaut (The Grange Festival); Florestan Fidelio (Lyric Opera Ireland); Ulrik in William Alwyn’s Miss Julie (BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chandos); Beethoven Missa Solemnis under the baton of Donald Runnicles (Sydney Symphony Orchestra & New Zealand Philharmonic Orchestra); and a series of Italian Opera Galas (Sydney Symphony Orchestra). He will return to Opera Holland Park as Sergeant Thibault Margot la Rouge, and make his debut at Opéra de Montréal.
A former Royal Opera House company principal, his career highlights include: Alfredo La traviata (The Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Erik Der Fliegende Holländer (Opéra du Rennes & Opéra Angers-Nantes; Nederlandse Reisopera; Cape Town Opera); Don Josè Carmen (Danish National Opera); Federico L’arlesiana (Opera Holland Park); Laertes in the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Adelaide Festival); Tikhon & Boris Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera); David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (State Opera of South Australia); Cavaradossi Tosca (English Touring Opera); and roles for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland.
On the concert platform he has appeared as tenor soloist Mozart’s Requiem on The Royal Opera Japan Tour under Sir Antonio Pappano; title role in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra & BBC Symphony Orchestra); Das lied von der Erde (Stadttheater Klagenfurt, The Royal Ballet & English National Ballet); tenor soloist A Child of Our Time (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (Anghiari Festival, Italy); title role in Liszt’s unfinished opera Sardanapalo (Souni dal Golfo Festival, Italy); James Nolan in the Grammy nominated recording of Doctor Atomic (BBC Symphony Orchestra) and in concert at the Barbican under the baton of John Adams; Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem (Brisbane Festival); tenor soloist (Last Night of the BBC Proms in Hyde Park); Nessun Dorma at the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park; and Opera Gala Concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester, and Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Sakker has a degree in Commerce from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.