The English britone, Samuel Pantcheff, studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance. In his first year of study, Samuel was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize.
Recent operatic experience includes The King in Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King at Grimeborn Festival and the Russian premiere at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival Opera, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture by Stephen Oliver, conducted by Stephen Barlow for Buxton Festival, Aeneas (RAO), Zareskty/Captain (RAO), L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Most recently he sang the baritone roles in Alexander Goehr's music theatre Tryptich on tour in Russia for the Russian premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre, and Ligeti's Nouvelles Aventures and Aventures at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia. Other operatic experience includes Masino in La vera costanza (RAO), Nardo (cover) in W.A. Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovís Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors (covers) in Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera; Schaunard and Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, and Cadmus in Semele.
Samuel Pantcheff is an experienced oratorio soloist and recitalist. Oratorio highlights include bass solos in Purcell's Ode to Saint Cecilia with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 74 and BWV 106 (Actus Tragicus) for the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and George Frideric Handel's Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra. He was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem and Avner Biron, performing J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244).
Recital highlights include Schubert songs at St Martin-in-the-fields, London for the Royal Academyís prestigious Song Circle, Schubertís Winterreise, a recital of L.v. Beethoven Songs, French Song recital at the Institut Francais, and two recitals for SONG IN THE CITY with Gavin Roberts.
Future operatic engagements include Baritone in Still Falls the Rain, a new opera based on Benjamin Britten's Canticles with Indomitable Productions, and Baritone 'chansonnier' in H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!! with Constella Orchestra and Ballet. He currently lives in London, England.