Soprano Samantha Gaul is among the most exciting discoveries of her vocal Fach in Europe. “Samantha Gaul’s Olympia, superbly presented up to the highest notes, was truly magnificent,” the eminent magazine Neue Musikzeitung wrote. Her “bright like a bell, shellproof soprano” (Südkurier) wows audiences and expert critics in an exceptionally wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary music.
Samantha Gaul began her career as a member of the ensemble at Theater Freiburg, where she had great success as Adele (Die Fledermaus), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Bohème), Olympia (Les Contes d‘Hoffmann) and in the title role of the national première of Coraline by Mark Anthony Turnage. This season sees her début as Nannetta (Falstaff), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Ännchen (Der Freischütz) at Theater Freiburg. In Strasbourg she sang the solo soprano part in the world première of Boulevard De La Dordogne by Gualtiero Dazzi. She is also celebrating her début at Staatsoper Hannover as Adele.
During the 2018/19 season, the young German soprano appeared as a guest at Theater Basel in the world première of Diodati.Unendlich by Michael Wertmüller, and at the esteemed festival Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele in the baroque opera L’isle déserte by Franz Ignaz Beck. She sang at the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte. Ms. Gaul also made her successful return to Staatstheater Augsburg, where she had earlier appeared as Sophie Scholl (Zimmermann‘s Weiße Rose), the title role of Simplicius Simplicissimus by Hartmann, as Serpetta (Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). At Oper Frankfurt she had a successful début as Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos). She also sang Musetta at Konzerttheater Bern.
Samantha Gaul began her studies, while still in school, at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt with Hedwig Fassbender, graduating with distinction. Still a student, she made first appearances at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Gießen and in Munich with the ‘Biennale für zeitgenössisches Musiktheater” contemporary opera festival. Samantha Gaul continued her studies with a master of Lied performance at Munich‘s Hochschule für Musik und Theater with Christiane Iven, also working with Donald Sulzen, Fritz Schwinghammer, and Tobias Truniger. In addition, she attended masterclasses with Rudolf Piernay, Helmut Deutsch, Kai Wessel, Dorothee Mields und Axel Bauni, and repeatedly participated in regional and national chamber music programs, including with flute and oboe.
Samantha Gaul has received numerous awards, including by Walter und Charlotte Hamel-Stiftung and Bundesapothekenkammer. She won Third Prize at the National Vocal Competition in Berlin and scholarships from the Richard Wagner Association, Da Ponte Foundation and artemusica Foundation. Samantha and her sister Gina Gaul have been appointed cultural ambassadors of her Hesse home region.
Leading German language opera magazine Opernwelt nominated Samantha Gaul as Newcomer of the Year in 2018.