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Sydney born tenor Samuel Sakker completed a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) degree in 2008 at the Queensland Conservatorium. During his studies Samuel began his professional engagement at Opera Queensland understudying and singing in the chorus for three seasons as well as performing the roles of Apollo and Prime Pastore for the 2007 Queensland Music Festival's quatercentenary celebration of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.
2008 saw the beginning of Samuel's engagement with Opera Australia in the full-time chorus as well as understudying and performing roles for the company. He performed as a soloist in Capriccio, Candide in the Domain, the chamber opera .Gabriel by Robert Bradshaw, the world premiere of Bliss in Sydney including its northern hemisphere premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the 2011 New Year's Eve Gala. He also covered roles in Manon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bliss, La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto and Partenope.
Samuel performed as the tenor soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in their London Calling 2009 concert season, recorded by Melba Records. That same year he was a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition where he received the Foster Audience Vote Award, the Royal Northern College of Music Award and the Universal Records Prize. Samuel was the second place winner in the 2010 More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant and was a scholarship recipient with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust in 2011 and 2012.
Other highlights have included Young Servant (Elektra) and Fenton (Falstaff) for West Australian Opera, Trin (La Fanciulla del West) for Opera Queensland, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Opera Australia's OzOpera's regional tour and Bottesini's Messa da Requiem for Brisbane Festival. Recently, Samuel was a finalist in the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden Opera Studio auditions.