"I seem to have developed a fondness for sleepy baritone servants (like Elviro), because Samuel Pantcheff’s performance as Lumaca was one of the highlights of the opera for me. Caught up in the shenanigans of his social superiors, Lumaca tries to give Blasio sensible advice but is ignored; quite reasonably, what he sees is enough to risk putting him off his own nascent relationship with Carlotta. Pantcheff not only had a powerful voice – sometimes the only one that could be clearly heard above the orchestra in its louder moments – but wonderful comic timing and an expressive face which captured all the absurdities of the plot. He also tackled some tongue-twistlingly quickfire delivery with nonchalant aplomb. He’d make a marvellous Figaro."

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theidlewoman.net 

"I enjoyed the self-assured eye-brow raising and elegant phrasing of Samuel Pantcheff’s Lumaca (Blasio’s servant) at Bampton and have recently praised Pantcheff’s performances with The Opera Box : here, again, he stood out as a singer-actor who is never switched off, who is constantly seeking to interact with his fellow cast."

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operatoday.com - Claire Seymour

"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

"As Lumaca, Carlotta’s fellow servant, Samuel Pantcheff’s liquid baritone and faultless delivery made merry with quickfire passages Rossini might have envied, his sleepy-eyed delivery and comic instinct equally pleasing."

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bachtrack.com - Charlotte Valori

"There are inspired comic performances from Samuel Pantcheff as Lumaca, the lanky servant with a beguiling baritone"

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thestage.co.uk - Amanda Holloway

“Samuel Pantcheff acted with Bluff insouciance and sang with an elegant baritone as the servant, Lucama.”

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Opera Magazine - Claire Seymour

"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

Robert Hugill - Planet Hugill

"Samuel Pantcheff’s Narrator was intensely, vividly alert. He swept through the lyrical vocal lines with strong characterisation and his diction was impressively clear given the extremely resonant acoustic... Pantcheff provided strong focus and presence for the rest of the cast, and his extended stretches of dialogue were fluent and engaging."

The Oval Portrait/The Impresario

operatoday.com - Claire Seymour

"Lumaca granted one aria which Samuel Pantcheff despatched with some delightful mischief, not unlike his counterpart in Figaro."

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classicalsource.com - Curtis Rogers

"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

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