A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, baritone Samuel Kidd is quickly establishing himself as a young singer of note. A first-year Adler Fellow and graduate of The Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Gerald Martin Moore, his recent performance highlights include Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia as a participant in the 2023 Merola Opera Program, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Tarquinius with Yale Opera, and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Music Academy of the West. He has participated in several prestigious young artist programs and festivals, including Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Music Academy of the West, and the Merola Opera Program.
While at home on the opera stage, Sam’s first love is art song and recital singing, in particular German Lieder. This fall he returns to the New York Festival of Song performing on their season opening “Perennials” concert. His recent performance in the Merola Opera Program’s Metamorphasis recital was praised for its “cohesive blend of caressing phrases and dynamic intensity” by Classical Voice San Francisco. Last season, he appeared with the Cincinnati Song Initiative performing Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, in April 2021 he participated in the Caramoor Rising Star program, directed and curated by Steven Blier, and gave two performances of Schubert's Winterreise; as well as Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan.