Australian tenor Samuel Sakker joined The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season. In his first Season his roles include Barbarigo (I due Foscari), Minister of Justice (Un ballo in maschera), First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte) and Gastone de Letorières (La traviata).
Sakker was born in Sydney and studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. During his studies he performed with Opera Queensland and on graduation from the Conservatorium he joined the chorus of Opera Australia, where he sang as a soloist in a New Year’s Eve gala, and in Manon, Capriccio, Candide and the world premiere of Brett Dean's Bliss, and covered roles in Manon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bliss, La fanciulla del West, Rigoletto and Partenope. Sakker's roles elsewhere include Young Servant (Elektra) and Fenton (Falstaff) for West Australian Opera, Trin (La fanciulla del West) for Opera Queensland, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Oz Opera and Alfredo (La traviata) for New Zealand Opera, and he appeared in the Verdi 100th Birthday Gala for Melbourne Opera and in Bottesini’s Requiem at the Brisbane Festival.
Sakker received a scholarship from the Dame Nellie Melba Trust for two years running. He was a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, winning the Foster Audience Vote Award, the Royal Northern College of Music Award and the Universal Records Prize. Other awards include second prize in the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant and second prize in the Herald Sun Aria Competition.
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