Bin ich nun frei? Wirklich frei?: Das Rheingold (Richard Wagner)
Samuel Weiser, bass-baritone
Allan Armstrong, piano
Praised for his “stentonian bass” voice, Samuel Weiser is an up-and-coming performer quickly making a name for himself as a singer to watch. A recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist program, he has performed several roles with Washington National Opera including the title role in the world premiere of Nicolas Benavides and Marella Martin Koch’s Pepito, Sprecher and 2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata, Captain in Eugene Onegin, Jailer in Tosca, 2nd Philistine in Samson et Dalilah and Ox/Inkeeper/Shepherd in Jeanine Tesori and J.D. McClatchy’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me. Mr. Weiser also appeared as Pistola in Act 1 of Falstaff and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola as part of the company’s “Concert of Comic Masterpieces” and joined the National Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 and Act 1 of Puccini’s La bohème. In 2022, he will return to Washington National Opera for a workshop of Jeanine Tesori and George Brant’s Grounded and will make his role and company debut as Alberich in Nashville Opera’s Das Rheingold. In early 2023, he returns to Chicago Opera Theater in a role TBA.
Prior to his time at WNO, Mr. Weiser was a Young Artist with the Chicago Opera Theater where he performed as Bass #3 in Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé and covered Shakes the Poet in Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Abraham Lincoln/Undertaker in Phillip Glass’ The Perfect American. In 2018, he portrayed Solomon Weil and George Gissing in the world premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Elizabeth Cree which was co-produced by Opera Philadelphia and Chicago Opera Theater.
Mr. Weiser was chosen as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theater of Saint Louis in both 2016 and 2017. In his first summer there, he was seen as Clumsy God in the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown after the acclaimed Salman Rushdie novel, Sergeant in La bohème and Valet in Macbeth and covered Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos and Banco in Macbeth. The next summer, he appeared as Fred and Pump Guy #2 in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath and covered The Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Publio in La Clemenza di Tito. Mr. Weiser spent the summer of 2018 with Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist covering both Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Ferrando in Il Trovatore.
In 2018, Mr. Weiser was named a winner of the St. Louis District of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and was a 3rd place winner of the Midwest region. Most recently in 2021, he was named a winner of the Utah District of the Laffont Competition, formerly known as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will be singing in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Regional Finals.
Mr. Weiser graduated cum laude B.S.Ed in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and holds his M.M. Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University and Artist Diploma from Chicago Opera Theater