Samantha Oxborough

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo soprano

Location: National Opera Studio


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.
​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.
​Samantha is also a committed member of the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, a 50 piece professional touring band in which she sings and plays her euphonium.
She will be taking a place alongside 12 other singers on the 2019/2020 Young Artist Programme at the National Opera Studio, London.