Samuel is an avid opera lover and has been pursuing his passion since his secondary school days. A graduate of NUS Theatre Studies, he actively takes up opportunities to enrich his experience as a classical singer and performer, and is a regular in boutique local opera productions. He has sung several roles in shows such as L’enfant et les sortileges (Maurice Ravel), Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart) and Cendrillon (Jules Massenet) with the Music Academy International opera studio in Italy. Recently, he sang as Stephen in Laksa Cantata, part of The Singapore Trilogy written by Chen Zhangyi.
We sat down with Samuel and had a chat after one of his powerful vocal classes.
How did you decide on a career in music and teaching?
I have always loved music since I was a kid. Watching movies, cartoons and playing video games definitely formed a big part of my childhood and I am always amazed at how music played such an important role in them, creating atmospheres and amplifying emotions through different mediums.
What does music mean to you?
I found my confidence through music. It was through singing that I managed to find my own space for expression, as it gave me a voice. I think music is a channel that connects fellow human beings, allowing emotions and experiences to be conveyed without the need to explicitly confide. The greatest feeling for me is when the audience opens up into the experiences of their lives through a sincere performance.
What kind of music do you listen to? Any favourites?
I typically listen to Opera, seeing as I grew up training in that genre. Of late, I started loving musical theatre as well as symphonic power metal. The latter I am absolutely incapable of singing however though, haha!
How do you inspire your love of music with your students?
With my students, I try to help them discover their personal interest in each song that they do, emphasising the importance of connecting music to their own life experiences. Techniques are important in regulating and taking care of your vocal cords. Regardless of age, everybody has their own stories to tell. Without having this intimate relation to the music, there is no way to enjoy it.
Do you have any advice for prospective students?
My advice is the same advice I remind myself time and time again: Work hard and do not be afraid of failure. The voice is a precious instrument; it is important to focus on the Process over Results.
Check out Samuel performing in “A Singapore Trilogy” by L’Arietta Productions in the photos below.
Samuel also participated in one of our own studio productions performing a cover for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John . Here’s a video of him in action!
Samuel teaches Vocals at D-Flat Studios. Have a chat with him the next time you see him in the studio!
Play on and Tinkle Away!