Sam Handley, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus, has been heard at Lyric in more than a dozen roles, among them Peter Quince/A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tom/Un ballo in maschera. Highlights of the current season include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing – the bass-baritone has also sung this work at San Francisco Opera), the Verdi Requiem (Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra), and The Mikado (Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra). Last season Handley was heard as Alberich/The Essential Ring in Jonathan McPhee's new distillation of Wagner's Ring cycle, with both the Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire. He also sang Pish-Tush/The Mikado with DuPage Opera and Mozart's Requiem with Sarasota Orchestra, while also joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Der Rosenkavalier. Other recent highlights include Escamillo/Carmen (European debut at Theater Aachen, new production), The Magic Flute (Opera Colorado), Roger Waters’s opera Ça Ira (Nashville Symphony), The Barber of Seville (Atlanta Opera), and Salome (Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst).
Previously at Lyric: Senator Potter’s Assistant, Bookseller, Party Guest, Technician, French Priest/ Fellow Travelers (2017|18)
Last updated: March 17, 2018
Photo: Dario Acosta