Following his First Prize triumph at the 2018 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Samuel Hasselhorn has quickly established himself internationally as a versatile artist who is equally at home in the genres of opera, Lied, and oratorio.
Highlights in the current 2022/23 season include roles such as Conte d’Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and his debuts as Ford in Falstaff and Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, where he is a member of the ensemble. He will also make his debut at the Opéra national de Paris, in a ballet production of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). Numerous concerts and recitals will take him to Hanover, Brussels, Paris, Tallinn, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Budapest, Aix-en-Provence, Cambridge and Tokyo, to name but a few.
His 2021/22 season was also marked by many important house and role debuts: Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim, Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, conducted by Joana Mallwitz, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) at La Scala in Milan and Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte) with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Recitals have taken him to the Wigmore Hall in London, the Boulez Hall in Berlin, to St. Petersburg, Bayreuth, Padua and Cambridge. He made his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna performing Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Ivor Bolton and he sang the Christmas Oratorio on a tour under the musical direction of Laurence Equilbey in Paris, Aix en Provence and Budapest. Furthermore, his second CD „Glaube, Hoffnung, Liebe“ with songs by Franz Schubert was released in early 2022 on the label Harmonia Mundi.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season included his debut as Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser) at the Opéra de Rouen, the title role in Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a tour in the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and recitals with Helmut Deutsch, Malcolm Martineau and Graham Johnson. In September 2020, the Schumann CD „Stille Liebe“ with pianist Joseph Middleton was released by Harmonia Mundi.
Hasselhorn was a permanent ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera for two years, where he interpreted the title role in Don Giovanni, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ping (Turandot), Schaunard (La Bohème), Ottokar (Der Freischütz), Don Fernando (Fidelio) among other roles of his „Fach“. He made his debut in 2019/20 at the Musikverein Vienna and at the Opéra de Rouen. In the 2018/19 season, recitals and concerts took him to the Bozar in Brussels, the Barbican Hall in London, the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, the Theater an der Wien, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele and the DeSingel in Antwerp.
Samuel Hasselhorn is the winner of the Emmerich Smola Prize „SWR Junge Opernstars“ 2018, the international singing competition „Das Lied“ 2017 in Heidelberg, the Young Concert Artists Auditions 2015 in New York and the International Schubert Competition 2013 in Dortmund. Furthermore, he is second prize winner of the 2015 Wigmore Hall Competition in London and third prize winner of the 2016 Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart, as well as winner of the „Prix de Lied“ at the 2013 Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris.
In the 2017/18 season, he made his concert and recital debuts at the Philharmonie in Munich, at the Wigmore Hall, with the orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk, at Schubertiade Vilabertran in Barcelona, the Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, the Great Hall of the Conservatory in Moscow and the Tonhalle Zurich. Samuel Hasselhorn was a scholarship recipient at both the 2017 Marlboro Festival and the 2014 and 2016 Ravinia Festival, and was invited to sing in Marilyn Horne’s Academy „The Song Continues“ at Carnegie Hall in 2015. His 2017 North American tour included debuts in Washington D.C. and in New York, as well as at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. In the 2016/17 season, he appeared on stage at the Lyon Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni and made his debut at the Leipzig Opera in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
His first two CDs „Nachtblicke“ and the critically acclaimed „Dichterliebe²“ were released in 2014 and 2018 on the GWK RECORDS label. Samuel Hasselhorn studied at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Prof. Marina Sandel and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique et de Danse de Paris with Malcolm Walker. He received further musical impulses at master classes with Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Susan Manoff, Jan-Philip Schulze, Anne Le Bozec and Martin Brauß. He won the Gundlach Music Prize and was a scholarship holder at the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation and the „Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“ (Academic Foundation of the German People).