Soprano Anna Samuil is among the most sought-after singers of her generation and has been steadily engaged as a soloist at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin since 2004. She is also Professor at the Music University Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Anna’s international career quickly brought her to some of the most important stages in the world: La Scala in Milan (Donna Anna, Freia, Gutrune), the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Musetta), the State Operas in Munich (Violetta, Donna Anna), Dresden (Mimi), and Hamburg (Adina, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Violetta), the Opera Houses in Valencia (Donna Anna), Lyon (Maria in Mazeppa), Tel Aviv and Tokyo (Donna Anna, Rosalinde), Pittsburgh (Violetta, Tatiana), and Baltimore (Mimì), and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (Violetta). A frequently invited guest at international festivals, she has enjoyed considerable success at the Salzburg Festival (Tatiana), in Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh (Violetta, Maria), at Glyndebourne, Verbier, and the Arena di Verona (Donna Anna), as well as at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Verdi's Messa da Requiem).
Anna has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Kitayenko, Kent Nagano, Manfred Honeck, Chung Myung-whun, Ivor Bolton, Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Massimo Zanetti, and Donald Runnicles. Directors who have guided her career are Franco Zeffirelli, Peter Stein, Andrea Breth, Jonathan Miller, Bernard Uzan, Achim Freyer, Jonathan Kent, Claus Guth, Guy Cassiers, Lindy Hume, and Marthe Keller.
Born in Perm, Anna studied both violin and voice at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has won prizes at major international competitions such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition and Glinka Competition (Russia), the Concorso Franco Corelli and Concorso Riccardo Zandonai (Italy), as well as the Klaudia Taev Competition (Estonia) and the Neue Stimmen Competition (Germany).
Anna has given concerts and recitals with the pianists Elena Bashkirova, Matthias Samuil, and Semion Skigin at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, BBC Proms London, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Waldbühne, Cologne Philharmonie, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, Philharmonie am Gasteig, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Norske Opera in Oslo, the festivals in Bad Kissingen and Colmar, and the Richard Wagner Haus in Bayreuth. In recognition of her outstanding vocal and acting performances, Anna was honored in 2008 with the Daphne audience award of the TheaterGemeinde Berlin.
Numerous recordings document Anna Samuil's artistic activities. CD and DVD releases so far include Eugene Onegin from the Salzburg Festival (Deutsche Grammophon), Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne (EMI) and as a concert recording from Israel (Helicon), Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung from La Scala in Milan (Arthaus), and Britten's War Requiem under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim (Decca).