Biography

Sam Levine has emerged as a “wonderfully appealing,” “ardent tenor” (The New York Times) making a name for himself across a wide variety of repertoire. A recent recipient of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School, he appeared in the 2016-17 season as Váňa Kudrjaš in Káťa Kabanová at Juilliard, as Joe and Marcus in the world premiere of Three Way at Nashville Opera and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lurcanio in R.B. Schlather’s workshop production of Ariodante at National Sawdust, as El Remendado and Don Jose in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera and Bay Chamber Concerts, respectively, and as Viktor Frankenstein in Matthew Ozawa’s production of Frankenstein at West Edge Opera. He is a proud 2017 recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Grant from Juilliard and a 2017 Grant Winner at the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. Upcoming engagements include debuts at Opera Philadelphia, Opera Columbus, and the Houston Symphony.

Highlights of the 2015-16 season included critically-acclaimed performances of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, recital appearances with Steven Blier under the auspices of NYFOS@Juilliard and the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, and First Armed Guard in Die Zauberflöte, all at Juilliard; Testo  in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Cantata Profana; a debut with Bard SummerScape in two roles in James Darrah’s production of Mascagni’s Iris; and his role debut as Lenski in Eugene Onegin with Eugene Opera, which won critical praise for “mastery of character and seamless legato.” (The Register-Guard) Other recent highlights include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Don Jose in Carmen with Savannah Voice Festival, Narraboth in Salome with Virginia Opera, and the dual roles of Testo in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Noah in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You with Gotham Chamber Opera (called “eloquent, full-bodied,” “bright-voiced and skillfully-played” by the Wall Street Journal and “well-sung” by the New York Times).

A champion of new and contemporary music, Levine has appeared in many noted productions. World and North American premieres include the roles of Traveler in James MacMillan’s Clemency with Boston Lyric Opera (which was recorded and released by the BIS Records), Léon in the new performing edition of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Wexford Festival Opera, 1st American Tailor in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Last Savage with The Santa Fe Opera, Andy in Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway at the Miller Theater, and Man/Neighbor/Ravan in Jack Perla’s River of Light with Houston Grand Opera East + West,  as well as Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You at Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia, Three Way with Nashville Opera, American Opera Projects, and BAM.

Other credits have included Fenton in Sir John in Love (Odyssey Opera) Don Ottavio (Aspen Opera Theater, Yale Opera), Janicku in The Diary of One Who Vanished, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (both with Yale Opera), the title role of Kurt Weill’s Der Protagonist (Fire Island Opera Festival), Mambre in Mose in Egitto (Chicago Opera Theater), Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (Arizona Opera), Massenet’s Werther and Gounod’s Faust (Opera Fort Collins, cover for The Santa Fe Opera). In concert, Levine has sung Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Bernstein’s Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, Bach’s Kantata 163, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9; he has appeared with New York Festival of SongThe Tanglewood Festival, the Orchestra Sinfonico di Milano, at Chicago’s Symphony Center and Harris Theater, and at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has won awards from Opera Index, Inc, the Liederkanz Foundation, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, who presented him at Lincoln Center debut, where he won praise for his performance of “Salut, demeure chaste et pure” from Faust: “[Levine’s] voice has a nice, even quality, dark at the bottom, with a ping on top, and a fine high “C”.” (Brooklyn Eagle)

An alumnus of the young artist training programs of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Santa Fe Opera, and The Tanglewood Music Festival, Levine holds degrees from Yale University and The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. With his wife, American mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, Mr. Levine lives in Frankfurt, Germany.