© Edmond Choo
© Edmond Choo
Ronald Samm was born and grew up in Trinidad, West Indies. He studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is also a graduate of the National Opera Studio in London.
In the current season engagements include a Mendelssoh concert and Mozart Requiem with Crouch End Festival Chorus; a concert version of Porgy and Bess at the Theater St. Gallen; and an open-air production of The Morrigan, a new opera by John O’Brien.
His most recent appearances include Peter in James Robinson’s acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess for English National Opera and Dutch National Opera and in Matthew Wild’s production at the Theater an der Wien; Olim Der Silbersee for English Touring Opera; and Iro Il ritorno d’Ulisee in partria for The Grange Festival.
His wide range of repertoire and performances include the title role in Otello, Tambourmajor Wozzeck and Florestan Fidelio (Birmingham Opera Company, Sir Graham Vick); Otello, First Armed Man The Magic Flute, Big Prisoner From the House of the Dead (Opera North); Lazarus in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Theater Bonn); Canio Pagliacci (Scottish Opera and Everyman, Cork); Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice (Everyman, Cork); Siegfried in Act III Götterdämmerung (Oper Wuppertal); Siegmund Die Walküre (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos); Walther von Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Fulham Opera); and Security Guard Between Worlds (English National Opera). In Porgy and Bess he has performed Sportin’ Life (Opéra de Lyon / Edinburgh International Festival) and Jake (Lisbon) and given concert performances in Kazan, Russia and with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
On the concert platform his repertoire includes Handel Messiah; Bach Magnificat and St. John Passion; Mendelssohn Elijah; Beethoven Mass in C; Mozart Requiem; Verdi Requiem; and Stainer Crucifixion. He has appeared as The Preacher in Bernstein’s Mass at the BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
His recordings include Fidelio with the Festspielchor Reinsberg (NCA); Sweeny Todd with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (BR Klassik); and Aida from the Bregenz Festival (C Major).
“Ronald Samm was the only singer to give just one aria. It is a brave soul who will attempt the death of Otello just like that, in the middle of a concert. He brought it off with considerable fervour. Samm has been studying with Dennis O’Neill; if he can achieve the whole part, maybe he will become the first opera singer to follow in the steps of such great stage Otello’s as Ira Aldridge and Paul Robeson”
“Ronald Samm may have been the least experienced, but he showed fire and dramatic presence in the death aria from Otello.”
“Ronald Samm does a show-stopping comic turn as the drunken Iro.”