Samuel Sakker on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Tenor Samuel Sakker collected several prizes on Sydney Eisteddfod stages in back 2011. Blessed with a fine voice, he studied at Queensland Conservatorium, received two scholarships from the Dame Nellie Melba Trust and sang several roles with Opera Queensland.
Following his graduation, Samuel joined the Opera Australia Full-time Time Chorus and was selected to perform a solo at its annual New Year’s Eve Gala. In 2014, along with hundreds of singers from all over the world, he auditioned for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. There were only five places available, so Samuel hoped against hope and when the results were announced his name was among them. Stunned by his success, he described this opportunity as ‘something better than a dream come true,’ and relocated to London determined to make the most it.
In the first year of his placement, Samuel sang with the Royal Opera on several occasions. Then, in January this year, with just a few hours notice, he was called to replace an ailing tenor in the leading male role of Alfredo Germont in La Traviata. Having no time to feel nervous, Samuel did his best, and London critics marvelled at his performance.
Samuel will soon complete his placement as a Jette Parker Young Artist, but he will not be leaving Covent Garden. Instead, he will enter the next phase of his career by stepping into the 2016/17 season as a Company Principal with the Royal Opera.
Sydney Eisteddfod enjoys nothing more than seeing former entrants triumph, and congratulating Samuel on this stupendous achievement, takes pleasure in toasting his future success.