"The well-honed singing and elegant presence of Samuel Pantcheff made the most of his doubling as Fiorello and the Official'"
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Yehuda Shapiro - Opera Magazine
"Samuel Pantcheff, tall and English-handsome, gave a bluff, consistently well-acted Guglielmo, with focussed, unaffected singing to match."
Cosi fan tutte
- Opera Magazine
British Baritone 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 (Eight Songs for a Mad King) at Grimeborn Festival and the Russian premiere at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta (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), Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Cadogan Hall, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Charles Villiers Stanford) for Northern Opera Group, Pirate King for Opera Anywhere, Aeneas for Helios Collective, The Telephone (Menotti) for The Opera Box, and Sharpless for Ormond Opera, and L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO. Most recently I 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 La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind (cover) in Rimksy-Korsakov’s 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 puts in a startling, full-force performance as the Mad King. His perfectly controlled voice slides from growls to screeches, screams and yelps as he prances around a bathtub in a pool of white feathers."
Eight Songs for a Mad King
Tim Bano - everythingtheatre.co.uk
"Pantcheff's incarnation of the protagonist was mesmerising."
Eight Songs for a Mad King
- Planet Hugill
"The pirates were suitably all bark and no bite, and I thought Samuel Pantcheff their chief, a pirate king with scruples, was the star of the show with his full bass and insouciant presence."
Pirates of Penzance
Andrew Bell - dailyinfo.co.uk