Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Gossard praised by critics for both her “electric” stage presence and “tonal richness and pristine clarity,” has begun to distinguish herself as an artist of exceptional quality. Recently seen reprising the role of Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she's become highly sought after for her portrayal of the adolescent lothario by companies across the country, including a recent performance with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Additionally, Ms. Gossard made her Opéra national de Paris debut as 3rd Blumenmädchen in Wagner’s Parsifal, her debut with Santa Fe Opera as Dryade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and joined the roster of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera last season, covering Shadow 3 in Nico Muhly’s Marnie. In the fall of 2019, Ms. Gossard made her debuts with Resonance Voices as the Soprano II soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C minor and with the Omaha Symphony as the mezzo-soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. In January of 2020, Ms. Gossard returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City for the world premiere of And Still We Dream, a song cycle based on the writings of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and in the summer of 2020, she was slated to make a role and company debut with the Princeton Festival as Flora in La traviata (COVID19). In early 2021, Ms. Gossard will make her Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Ballet debut, singing selections made famous by Edith Piaf.
Past performance credits include Mercédès in Carmen with Austin Opera, The Cock and The Owl in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen with The Cleveland Orchestra, Jade Boucher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Third Wood-Sprite in Rusalka, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni all with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Oratorio and concert credits include performing as the Mezzo Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th and Mahler’s 2nd symphonies with CIM Orchestra in Severance Hall, and Octavian in excerpts from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with the Duke Symphony Orchestra.
A highly successful veteran of vocal competitions, Ms. Gossard most recently won the prestigious George London Award from the George London Foundation. She has also been the recipient of The Solomon Foundation Award, also through the George London Foundation, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation award from The Sullivan Foundation, and was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016. Her training includes residencies with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Central City Opera. Ms. Gossard earned her MM in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her BA from Indiana Wesleyan.