Samuel Hinkle, praised for his "strong baritone voice" and "solid projection" (La Presse, Montreal), is an emerging artist from Fort Worth, Texas. He holds both a Master of Music and a Master of Musical Arts degree from the prestigious Yale School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned bass-baritone Richard Cross. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City.
While a student with Yale Opera, Samuel performed the roles of Schaunard in La bohème, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. As an undergraduate student at Mannes College, Samuel performed the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with the Mannes Opera under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri.
In the summer of 2013, Samuel was heard in the role of The Traveller in Britten's seldom performed Curlew River at Ballet Opera Pantomime in Montreal. Later in the summer he joined the Siena Music Festival, where he performed the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Pandolfe in Massenet's Cendrillon.
In 2015 he sang as the baritone soloist in the Duruflé Requiem with both the New Haven Summer Chorus and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut. In March of 2016, he was the baritone soloist in Saviour, A Modern Oratorio by Bob Farrell and Greg Nelson, at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the summer of 2016 Samuel performed as an apprentice artist at Central City Opera, appearing as Jacob in The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore and covering the role of Sciarrone in Tosca.
In the 2016-2017 season, Samuel joined the Palm Beach Opera Apprentice Program, where performed the role of the Registrar in Madama Butterfly, covered the role of Marullo in Rigoletto, and performed the role of Samuel in a family performance of The Pirates of Penzance.
In May of 2017, Samuel returned to Connecticut to perform the role of Marco in Salt Marsh Opera's Gianni Schicchi, under the baton of Simon Holt.
In July of 2017, Samuel will perform as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Vocal Institute under the guidance of Italian diva Gabriella Tucci.
In November of 2017, Sam will return to Palm Beach Opera, where he will cover the role of Maximillian in Candide as part of the Apprentice Artist Program.