...Ronald Samm does a show-stopping comic turn as the drunken Iro.
Ronald Samm was born in Port of Spain, the younger son of two Headteachers. Early musical training began at St Mary’s College where he was a regular prizewinner in the island-wide biennial Music Festival. He studied voice and piano with Noelle Barker and Ian Kennedy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won a scholarship from the Peter Moores/Lord Pitt Foundation to pursue post-graduate study with Nicholas Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Opera appearances have included Tamino/Die Zauberflöte; Don Jose/Carmen; Drum-Major/Wozzeck; the title role in Britten’s The Prodigal Son; Jake/Porgy and Bess; Otello/Otello; Sigmund/Die Walküre; and Florestan in the multi award winning production of Fidelio, for Birmingham Opera Company, directed by Graham Vick.
Ronald Samm’s oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Beethoven’s Mass in C; Mozart's Requiem; Verdi Requiem, and Stainer’s Crucifixion. He appeared as The Preacher in Bernstein’s Mass at the 2012 BBC Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wale
Last year, 2017, saw Ronald assume the role of Lazarus in staged performances of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Theater Bonn, and take part in further performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Kazan, Russia. He also appeared at The Grange Festival during summer 2017 as Iro (Irus) in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Ronald’s 2017-18 season opens with performances of Siegfried in Act III of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with Wuppertal Opera. He then appears with Scottish Opera as Canio for performances of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci during August 2018.