Selected Press Quotes

“The victims’ parents were an intense, superb quartet, with their cringing, suffering, and anger, performed by April Martin, Samantha Gossard, Brian Frutiger and Daniel Belcher…”

Libby Hanssen, Kansas City Star, 2017

Dead Man Walking

“More interesting still was Samantha Gossard as a spectacularly convincing Cherubino. Looking and acting every bit like an adolescent boy, she nevertheless sang with a gorgeous mezzo-soprano voice, demonstrating a highly developed sense of phrasing and gesture.”

Paul Horsley, The Independent, 2016

Le nozze di Figaro

“Samantha Gossard capably takes on the trouser role of Cherubino, and gives us a particularly lovely rendition of “Voi che sapete”.”

Kelly Luck, KC STAGE, 2016

Le nozze di Figaro

“Samantha Gossard was brilliant in her role of Cherubino. Not only did her mezzo-soprano’s beautiful range and agility shine, but her comedic timing and gestures, as well as her athleticism as Cherubino continually dives, jumps out of windows, does anything he can to get away from the ill-tempered Count and into the arms of his beloved Countess.”

Jessie Riggins, KCMetropolis.com 2016

Le nozze di Figaro

“This show was marvelously cast, all fine actors and impressive singers…Samantha Gossard was very cute as the women-crazed Cherubino, awkward, teasing and persistent, with a nice, dusky timbre for this role.”

Libby Hansen, Kansas City Star, 2016

Le nozze di Figaro

“A musical delight of the evening was the trio of wood-sprites—Ashley Yvonne Wheat, April Martin and Samantha Gossard—who “swam” good-naturedly about the watery stage singing like deftly integrated Rhine-Maidens.”

The Independent, 2015

Rusalka

“Samantha Gossard sings Zerlina with exceptional clarity and poise…”

The Independent, 2015

Don Giovanni

“Samantha Gossard was stunning as the feisty, sexy Zerlina. Her singing was meticulous and her physical energy on stage was electric.”

KCMetropolis.com, 2015

Don Giovanni

“Samantha Gossard had only a fleeting role as Audebert’s pregnant wife, Madeleine. Still, her dramatic and vocal command in trying to convince her husband to keep his distance from this war positioned her as another strong female in the story.” 

KCMetropolis.com, 2015

Silent Night

“Samantha Gossard (Elvira’s maid, Zulma) was excellent as Elvira’s confidant, and performed her vocal requirements gloriously.” 

examiner.com, 2014

L’italiana in Algeri

“The other soloists comprising the quartet, tenor Vinson Cole (CIM voice faculty), mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard and soprano Catheryne Shuman (both CIM alumni), sang clearly and expressively, blending and complementing each other beautifully despite the composer’s difficult and unforgiving vocal writing.”

Cleveland Classical, 2014

Beethoven Symphony no. 9

“…mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard showed a suitably wide range of emotions in [her] arias, Gossard especially in “Ah! mon fils” from Le prophète by Giacomo Meyerbeer.” 

KC Metropolis, 2014

An Afternoon of Opera at the Folly

“En route to the big ending, mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard applied eloquent artistry to her solo duties in the fourth and fifth movements.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2012

Mahler Symphony no. 2

“Wednesday’s opening-night performance had one outstanding singer – Samantha Gossard as Madame de la Haltiere, Cendrillon’s stepmother…Gossard’s stepmother broke from tradition by embracing imperious refinement over grotesquerie. Her burnished mezzo-soprano added luster to every nasty remark.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2011

Cendrillon

“In the pants role of Ramiro, mezzo Samantha Renea Gossard was as nearly perfect as possible to be. She was also thoroughly convincing as a very love-lorn young man.”

CoolCleveland.com, 2011

La finta giardiniera

“I must also praise the yeoman efforts of mezzo soprano Samantha Gossard as Ramiro. Again, this young woman has stage presence to spare and a voice that took command from the initial ensemble piece, continued through her two solo arias and was still going strong in the final scene. This would have been quite a feat had she just sung her two scheduled performances, but due to illness Ms. Gossard stepped in for the additional shows and was equally brilliant in each. Again, one can expect to see much more of her on larger stages in the future.”

ConcertoNet.com, 2011

La finta giardiniera

“Wednesday’s opening-night performance had one outstanding singer – Samantha Gossard as Madame de la Haltiere, Cendrillon’s stepmother…Gossard’s stepmother broke from tradition by embracing imperious refinement over grotesquerie. Her burnished mezzo-soprano added luster to every nasty remark.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2011

Cendrillon

“The title role, originally performed in 1738 by a castrato, was sung by mezzo-soprano Samantha Renea Gossard, who brought alluring grace to “Ombra mai fu” and commanding ferocity to Xerxes’ Act III aria. Although it’s hard to take this foolish king seriously, Gossard earned sympathy by emphasizing the fellow’s mercurial nature.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2010

Xerxes