Samanta Lestavel (Soprano) graduated in November 2017 with a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship and the Helpmann Family Fellowship. She studied German extensively in university, adding to her native proficiency in French, Italian and English.
Samanta has performed the following principal roles between 2016-2022: Countess Almaviva (Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro), Adele (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Belinda (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas), Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Calisto (Cavalli: La Calisto), Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan: Patience), Despina (Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte), Lucy (Menotti: The Telephone), Mary Crawford (Jonathan Dove: Mansfield Park, Australian premiere), and Angelina (Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury). She has also occasionally moonlighted as a tenor, featuring as Mario Cavaradossi (Puccini: Tosca) and Pylade (Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride) with The Cooperative in 2021. Samanta has been privileged to work with many companies including The Cooperative, Operantics, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney, Rockdale Opera, The Macquarie Singers, Opera Hunter, Opera Bites, Phoenix Choir, and the Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
She has also gained much concert experience (Bach, St Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Handel, Alexander’s Feast), and has participated in a number of experimental projects such as The Millenial Opera Project (recording project), Long Walk Diva (BEAMS Arts Festival), and The Cleopatra Project (The Independent Theatre). Samanta looks forward to adding the roles of Frasquita (Bizet: Carmen) and The Governess (Britten: The Turn of the Screw) to her repertoire in 2022.