Lancashire born twenty-five-year-old Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Oxborough is a recent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduate with a Post graduate certificate and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Studies with a First class Honours under Christine Cairns and David Wilkinson. She is currently a young artist at the National Opera Studio.
Samantha has been involved in the Conservatoire's operas since her arrival. She proudly sang in the chorus of The Dialogues Des Carmelites directed by Michael Barry and her full main roles include Métella – La Vie Parisienne – Offenbach, Cherubino - The Marriage of Figaro, Maurya - Riders to the Sea, and Patricia in Michael Wolters world premier of Ava's Wedding.
She has also taken part in the Conservatoire's Opera Scenes as Carmen, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Quickly (Falstaff), Lucretia (Rape of Lucretia) and Suzuki (Madame Butterfly).
Samantha was awarded The Snt. Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction received from Julian Lloyd Webber in June 2016 and has just been awarded first place in the Cecil Drew Oratorio prize, Edward Brooks Lieder prize and the Conservatoire Singing Prize, joint first in the Ashleyan opera prize and second in the Doris Newton Music Club Prize. She was also a finalist in the Leamington prize and the Town Hall Symphony Hall prize.
In 2015, chosen by Head of Department Julian Pike, Samantha represented the Conservatoire at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary. Competing against students from all the major UK Conservatoire's, she was the only female finalist and attained third place.
In September 2017, Samantha proudly sang as a soloist in a concert in Kineton organised by Roderick Williams for the Woman's institute. She also sang as Zerlina in the duet 'La Ci Darem' - Mozart with Roderick as Don Giovanni.
On the same day she won the Geraint Morris Award. As a result Samantha was one of the soloists at the Festival of Massed Choirs in the Royal Albert Hall, London in May 2018.
She is supported by Help Musicians UK (Sybil Tutton Opera Award), Orion247 and the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary.
"But the drama pivots on their mother Maurya sung by Samantha Oxborough. An artist in her early twenties who managed not only to embody a woman with a lifetime's harsh experience but whose voice had a core of savage intensity and a glow that her defiant monologues convinced you that you were hearing a masterpiece."
Samantha Oxborough as Maurya both sang and acted her role consummately--the outstanding performance of the evening ..... Oxborough is perfect for this role--quality of evenness of tone, good diction and dynamic range ............... the closing scene is riveting.
- Goeff Read in Seen and Heard International 13/03/2016
"Samantha's bright musical future can only blossom as she embraces musical opportunities which may very well include gracing the stages of the world from Broadway to La Scala."
-Tilly Green in Oxford Daily info 27/02 2017