This week mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey will make her eagerly-awaited Metropolitan Opera debut as Pantalis in Robert Carsen’s stunning production of Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito. A close collaborator with Verdi, this will be the first time the Met has mounted Boito’s only completed opera in 18 years. Samantha will perform alongside a star-studded cast featuring Christian Van Horn in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Faust and Angela Meade as Margherita. Maestro Carlo Rizzi will lead from the pit.
Continuing a special relationship with the house, Samantha will go on to sing no fewer than five other roles at the Met this season; Mme. Dangeville Adriana Lecouvreur, Mercédès Carmen, Countess Ceprano Rigoletto, and Wellgunde Das Rheingold & Götterdämmerung. A former winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, Samantha will return to the house several times in future seasons.
Following on from her final performances at the Met, Samantha will make her Opernhaus Zürich debut as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and perform the title role in Agrippina with Il pomo d’Oro (taking over a tour date from Joyce DiDonato). At the beginning of the 2019/20 season, Samantha will join the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.
For more details about Samantha’s upcoming performance in Mefistofele please visit the Metropolitan Opera website.
Toi, toi, toi, Samantha!