With a voice described by Bachtrack as “gloriously lyrical”, Australian baritone Samuel Dale Johnson has established a reputation as one of the leading young baritones of today. Mr. Johnson is an alumnus of the renowned Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, where his numerous roles included Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Albert in Massenet’s Werther and Leuthold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. While at Covent Garden, Mr. Johnson made his London Symphony Orchestra debut in Tom Adès’ orchestral work Brahms, conducted by the composer.
Mr. Johnson is currently a member of ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin where his roles in the 2022 - 2023 season include Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel on tour to the Royal Opera House, Muscat, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca and Ostasio in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. He will also make house debuts with the Rouen Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival as Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In concert, Mr. Johnson makes his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in Orff’s Carmina burana.
Previous roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin include the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Matthieu in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. Other highlights of recent seasons include Mr. Johnson’s US debut as the Count in Mozart’s Il nozze di Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for both the Bordeaux Opera and Zurich Opera, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Northern Ireland Opera and Mr. Johnson’s Japanese debut as the Count in Mozart’s Il nozze di Figaro at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.