Praised as a “spectacularly convincing Cherubino” by The Independent for her recent performances of Le nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Samantha Gossard makes her Paris Opera debut as 3rd Blumenmädchen in Parsifal, joins Austin Opera as Mercedes in Carmen, and makes her Santa Fe Opera debut as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos in the 2017-18 season. Last season, she returned to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as a Resident Artist where in addition to Cherubino, she sang Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Gossard was also a 2017 Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera and was a 2016-2017 recipient of the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award.
Previously with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, she was acclaimed by the KC Metropolis for her “clarity and poise” in her “stunning” (Independent) role debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Her other roles with the company included Mercedes in Carmen, Third Woodsprite in Rusalka, and also Zulma in L’italiana in Algeri and Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night when she was an Apprentice Artist with the company. During her apprenticeship with LOKC, she performed with the UMKC Conservatory as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Jo March in Little Women. While a member of the prestigious Gerdine Young Artist Program with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she covered the role of Ms. Bass in their revival of Emmeline. As an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, she performed Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, and covered the role of Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking. With the Cleveland Orchestra she made her Severance Hall debut as the Rooster and the Owl in the critically-acclaimed fully-staged production of The Cunning Little Vixen. Awarded a New Horizon fellowship, Ms. Gossard performed Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Ms. Gossard recently appeared on the Metropolitan Opera stage as a 2016 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Concert performances include Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with The Duke Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with both the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra at Severance Hall and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 also with the CIM Orchestra at Severance Hall. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she sang performances of the title role in Serse, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, and also performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Conservatory Project.
3rd Blumenmädchen | Parsifal
April 27 and 30; May 5, 10, 13, 16, 20, 23 2018
Opéra national de Paris (House Debut)
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Dryade | Ariadne auf Naxos
July 28 – Aug 23, 2018
Santa Fe Opera (House Debut)
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