This week, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey makes both her role and house debut as Siébel in Gounod’s Faust at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The iconic opera will be presented in a new production by French director Georges Lavaudant. John Osborn sings the damned title role with Adam Palka, Ruzan Mantashyan and Jean-François Lapointe making up the remainder of the main cast. Michel Plasson leads from the pit.
This continues a wonderful season for Samantha which began with her triumphant portrayal of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Den Norkse Opera Oslo, of which Play to See wrote “She sang with power and poise and held the attention even on a crowded stage”. Samantha returned fleetingly to the US during performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia to make her highly-anticipated Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah with Music Sacra.
Further ahead, Samantha will perform a number of recitals in both Massachusetts and Philadelphia and appear in a workshop performance for the Metropolitan Opera of a new commission by American composer Ricky Gordon.
Performances of Faust take place from 1 to 18 February. More details and tickets on the Grand Théâtre de Genève website.