Samia Bahu is steadily making her mark as a singing actress specializing in Italian opera. She received a glowing review for her portrayal of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Taconic Opera in 2004, which established her long collaboration with this company as lirico-spinto soprano. “… the essence of Manon, beautiful and seductive with expressive eyes and the extraordinary ability to sing in every type of soprano voice reaching high notes with aplomb. Most impressive is her command of the Italian language and style which make such challenging roles seem second nature to the Mediterranean born Soprano.”
Ms. Bahu’s other performances of Puccini roles include Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro and most recently the title characters in Suor Angelica and Tosca. Additionally, she has been acclaimed for her interpretations of numerous Verdi heroines, among them the title role in La Traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Leonora in Il Trovatore. In other recent engagements she has been seen as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Margherita/Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele, Antonia/Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. As a concert soloist, Ms. Bahu has been heard in the Verdi Requiem, the Mozart Requiem and in Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall.
While living in Italy, Ms. Bahu collaborated closely with the late Sir Georg Solti and was personally invited by Lady Valerie to sing at the Maestro’s memorial service in Tuscany with Leo Nucci. She was the recipient of a full scholarship to study with Renata Scotto at her Vocal Academy and was also invited on full scholarship from the International Vocal Arts Institute to study in Italy and France with Diana Soviero, Gabriel Bacquier, Joan Dornemann and Olga Makarina. She was a prize-winner in the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Competition, the Rosa Ponselle Young Artist Competition and a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Bahu was a Young Artist with the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, where she was heard in main stage productions of The Magic Flute, L‘Elisir d‘Amore and Carmen. She holds degrees from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Ms Bahu was born in Jerusalem, but came to the US at the age of 2. She now lives with her husband and children in Connecticut.