Sam Carl

Bass-baritone, Samling Artist Programme: 2018

In a conservatoire setting I often felt overloaded with the number of simultaneous projects. Samling was so refreshing because it enabled me to focus on one project at one time. I developed hugely because I was able to focus on a few arias duets and songs, that I wanted to sing, in detail again and again over a few days. Having breakfast lunch and dinner with Sir John Tomlinson as well as a lesson with him everyday was life changing. Someone who has had so many years of doing it and is still doing it was incredible. Something of his relaxed nature also I think rubbed off on me. Now when I am singing roles on stage at Dutch National Opera, as part of the young artist programme there, I will inevitably think of some of his ideas before I go on.


Carl was born in London to Californian-British parents. He is a 2019 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and he is covering the role of Brander in Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust.

Last season he sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSMD) and Nick Shadow with the Southbank Sinfonia (BYO). Before that included The Secret Police Agent in Menotti’s the Consul (GSMD), Betto in Gianni Schicchi at the Barbican Hall with Christopher Purves in the title role, and Lord Dunmow in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (GSMD)

He has performed as soloist in Messiah and Die Schöpfung with Black Dyke Band and the Hanover Band under John Pryce Jones. And recently sang solos in Puccini Messa di Gloria with the Waltham Singers. He recently performed a recital of Wolf Schubert and Mussorgsky at St Mary’s Penzance with pianist Tim Dean. On September 1st he is singing the solos in Verdi requiem at Kloster Eberbach in Eltville am Rhein with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck.

He is a 2018 Samling Artist and participated in a number of masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson. In September he joins Dutch National Opera as a young artist, singing a number of roles and covers.

Photo: Sam Carl working with Sir John Tomlinson in Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2018

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