Samantha Smith

Based in NSW, vocalist Samantha Smith has been a soloist under many conductors at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium, including the late Professor Michael Dudman, John ODonnell, Christopher Allan, Philip Mathias, Robert Constable and Nigel Butterley. In 1996 Samantha performed the leading role of Nero in Monteverdi's'The Coronation of Poppea', directed by Yaron Lifschitz with musical direction by Robert Constable.

Samantha Smith was born in Sydney, and grew up in the Rocky River region near Armidale. She completed her Bachelor of Music Honours degree at the University of Newcastle in 1997, becoming the first music graduate in the University's history to be awarded a University Medal. She was also a part-time lecturer in Musicianship while completing her degree with first class Honours.

Samantha has been a soloist under many conductors at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium, including the late Professor Michael Dudman, John ODonnell, Christopher Allan, Philip Mathias, Robert Constable and Nigel Butterley. In 1996 Samantha performed the leading role of Nero in Monteverdi's'The Coronation of Poppea', directed by Yaron Lifschitz with musical direction by Robert Constable.

She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships during her years at the Conservatorium, including a Vice-Chancellors Honours Scholarship in 1997, and is the current holder of the Doris Smith Scholarship for advanced vocal tuition. She is continuing her post-graduate studies in opera at the University of Newcastle, with vocal tuition from Christopher Allan and Ghillian Sullivan, and thesis supervision from Rosalind Halton.

Samantha Smith appears on

Australian Songs

Performer: Soprano

This recording is a comprehensive collection of the vocal music of Richard Peter Maddox. It bears the impramatur of the composer (playing the Australian-designed Stuart & Sons piano), and he is joined by his talented brother Graham Maddox on oboe and Sydney-based vocalist, Samantha Smith.