British baritone Samuel Oram has been acclaimed for singing “with fire and gusto” (Seen and Heard International) and for his "masterful breadth of line” (BBC). He commenced his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) with Gordon Sandison where he won the RBC Singing Prize, The Doris Newton Club Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Competition. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) Peter Savidge where he received a number of scholarships including the Yvonne Wells Scholarship, a Sybil Tutton Award and was awarded The Worshipful Guild of Cutlers' Artist Prize. During this time Samuel was awarded the RFD Herbert Howells' Prize and was a finalist in the London Song Competition. Samuel then received a Dennis O’Neill Foundation Award and a second Sybil Tutton Award to study vocal technique the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) working with internationally respected artists such as Dennis O'Neill OBE, Nuccia Focile and Dame Kiri the Kanawa.
Samuel's operatic roles include Marcello (La Boheme), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Belcore (L’Elisir d’amore), Nardo (La finta giardinera), Thoas (Iphigéine en Tauride), Marquis de la Force (Dialogue des Carmélites)¸ Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Capelio (I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Samuel performed and covered Silvano in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) with Opera Holland Park's Young Artist Scheme and has recently covered and performed Neptune in La Liberazione di Ruggeriero (Caccini) with Longborough Festival Opera.
In the contemporary field he has performed The Angel in Off the Beaten Track (Oldham), The Commentator in The Colour Blue (Spagnolo), Oberon in P.U.C.K. (Berv & Lycke) and recorded John with SOMM record's production of Jane Eyre (Joubert) with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Samuel has a busy concert career both in oratorio and on the recital platform. His repertoire is extensive and includes the Bach B Minor Mass and The Passions, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, and Britten's War Requiem. He is regularly asked to perform and interpret Orff's Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah. Samuel loves the English Song repertoire and his repertoire includes Finzi’s Earth and Air and Rain, By Footpath and Stile, Let us Garlands Bring, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs.