A graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, Samuel Dundas’ performance experience encompasses opera, musical theatre and concert performances. He has sung in concert throughout Australia and New Zealand, including with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Samuel joined Opera Australia as a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program and subsequently became a principal artist with the company, where his many roles include Papageno and Priest (The Magic Flute), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Silvio (Pagliacci), Marquis (La Traviata), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Ceprano (Rigoletto), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Morales (Carmen), Gaoler (Tosca), Sid (Albert Herring), Fiorello, Ambrogio and Notary as well as covering Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Doctor/Inquisitor/Judge/Stanislaus (Candide), Handsome (La Fanciulla del West), Cascada (The Merry Widow) and Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s Regional Tour of Don Giovanni and the role of the High Priest, Politician and The Reporter in Sydney Opera House: The Opera, celebrating Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary season on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
In 2019, Samuel performed the title role in a new opera Ned Kelly (Styles) commissioned by Lost & Found Opera and Perth Festival, Marcello in La Bohème and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for Opera Australia, Dancairo and Morales in Carmen for State Opera of South Australia, Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music for Victorian Opera, and in concert as soloist in Fauré Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In 2020 Samuel’s engagements will include again performing the role of Marcello in La Boheme for Opera Australia, returns to Victorian Opera for Frank/Fritz in Die tote Stadt, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for West Australian Opera, and appearing in the Chamber Landscapes series at Ukaria for Adelaide Festival and Opera in the Alps.
Samuel has also recently sung Papageno (The Magic Flute) for New Zealand Opera, marking his debut with the company, Marcello (La Bohème) for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) and Valentin (Faust) for West Australian Opera, and Marcello (La Bohème) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
After making his operatic debut with Opera Queensland in 2005, Samuel went on to become a member of Victorian Opera’s Artist Development program. Roles he has performed with Victorian Opera include the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), the Second Soldier (The Love of the Nightingale), Creon/The Messenger (Oedipus Rex) and Chief Clerk (Metamorphosis), as well as Schaunard in the Puccini: The Sacred and Profane Gala concert. Samuel also sang the roles of Morales (Carmen) and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) in a concert performance with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and appeared at Opera Under The Stars, Broome.
Further concert engagements have included Carmina Burana with the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Fauré Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the inaugural concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and his debut with Sydney Sinfonia in a Discovery series concert at the City Recital Hall, Sydney.
In 2013 Samuel won the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and in 2014 was the proud recipient of the inaugural Dame Heather Begg Award.
Samuel Dundas is supported by Maureen Wheeler AO