On Treemonisha, www.broadwayworld.com 2019

There's so much to admire: […]; Samantha Houston's showstopper of an aria "The Sacred Tree";[…]

[…]; praise must also go to Samantha Houston for a mellow rendering of her own songs as Treemonisha's mother.

On Treemonisha, www.thejc.com 2019

On Treemonisha, The Guardian 2019

As her parents, Rodney Earl Clarke and

Samantha Houston were dramatically effective.

Samantha Houston conveyed Jill's solitary state

in the community through her expressive singing

Opera Magazine, May 2012

The characterisation is meticulously detailed, up to and including […] Samantha Houston's anxious Handmaiden.  

On L'Amore dei tre Re, Independent on Sunday 2007

Samantha completed her post-graduate studies at

the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London,

supported by The Madeline Finden Memorial Trust and

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust.

Samantha has performed for the choruses of:

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Belgium), Welsh National Opera,

English National Opera, and Opera Holland Park. She was also

a member of the Opera North chorus in its 2010-2011 and

2007-2008 seasons.  

Samantha has also sung roles for Grimeborn Festival,

The Festival of London (ROH2 project), Opera South, HERA,

and Electric Voice Theatre


In concert, Samantha has performed for the City of London Festival, the LSO St. Luke's Discovery Series and 'Voiceworks' new compositions at Wigmore Hall.  She has also performed as

the Alto Soloist in Oratorio works.

Most recently, Samantha has worked as an English Language Coach at Ooppera Baletti (Finnish National Opera), working with soloists and the chorus on: Innocence (Saariaho); Billy Budd (Britten); 

Phantom of the OperaLove Never Dies (Webber); and

Karita Mattila's Koko Karita!

Along with being the voice of the Helsinki Biennaal 2023 podcast, Samantha is now in the process of staging her first play - entitled "Destination: 'Old Hag'". 



Woman 4 - The Trojan Women (Taylor-Ellis)

New Opera Workshop & Reading - London (Aug 2019) 

Monisha - Treemonshia (Joplin)

Grimeborn Festival - London (Aug 2019) 

Beggar (semi-chorus) - Moses and Aron (Schoenberg)

Welsh National Opera - Cardiff and on tour, including ROH 

Piggywig / 2nd Maid - The Owl and The Pussycat

ROH2 for the Mayor of London Festival

Jill-All-Alone - Merrie England

Opera South

Clo-Clo - The Merry Widow 

Opera North, Leeds and on tour

Handmaiden - L'Amore dei Tre Re

Opera Holland Park, London


Porgy & Bess (Gerswhin)

De Nationale Opera, Netherlands (Jan 2019)

English National Opera (Oct - Nov 2018)

War Requiem (Britten)

English National Opera (Nov - Dec 2018)

La Forza del Destino (Verdi) 

Welsh National Opera (2018)

Aida (Verdi) - Il Prigioniero (Dallapiccola)

- Missa di Gloria (Puccini) - Daphins et Chloe (Ravel)

Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Belgium (2017)

Peter Grimes (Britten) - Force of Destiny (Verdi)

- Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky) 

English National Opera (2014 - 2015)

Lohengrin (Wagner) - Moses und Aron (Schoenberg)                - Nabucco (Verdi) 

Welsh National Opera (2013 - 2014)        

Carmen (Bizet)

Raymond Gubby Ltd, Royal Albert Hall (2013)

The Damnation of Faust (Berlioz) - Simon Boccenegra (Verdi) - Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) - Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)    - The Flying Dutchman (Wagner)

English National Opera (2011 - 2012)

Opera North Chorus

2010 / 11 season

Boris Gudunov (Mussorgsky) - Peter Grimes (Britten) -

Turandot (Puccini)

English National Opera (2008 - 2009)


Opera North Chorus

2007 / 08 season 


Oratorio (Alto Soloist)

Requiem (Mozart)

Chichester Psalms (Bernstein)

Dettingen Te Deum (Handel)

Mass A flat Major (Schubert)

Music Makers (Elgar)

Elijah (Mendelssohn)

Messiah (Handel)

Requiem (Dvořák)

Nelson Mass (Haydn)

Laud to the Nativity (Resphigi)


Red Cockatoo and Other Songs (Britten)

Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire (Debussy)

Chansons de Bilitis (Debussy)

Various songs (Hahn)

Sea Pictures (Elgar)

"Voiceworks' - concert of new compositions

performed at venues such as:

Conway Hall (London), Bristol Cathedral,

Wigmore Hall (London) &

Canterbury Cathedral

Recent Coaching

Innocence (Saariaho)

Ooppera Baletti - Finland (Performances Oct - Nov 2022)

Koko Karita! (An Evening with Karita Mattila)

Ooppera Baletti - Finland (Performances May - Jun 2022)

Billy Budd (Britten)

Ooppera Baletti - Finland (Performances Mar - Apr 2022)

Phantom Of The Opera / Love Never Dies (Webber)

Ooppera Baletti - Finland (Performances Oct - Dec 2021)

As both an experienced performer and a qualified CELTA teacher (English Language Teaching),

I believe a true understanding of an English text - and the way we physically produce it -

has the power to optimise a performance.

To help non-native and native English speakers feel confident when performing, I focus on

the clarity of the individual words in a text, looking at a performer's mouth shape, tongue placement and lip position, and the coherence of a text as a whole:


- Strong English consonants (plosives, the difference between 'voiced' & 'unvoiced' sounds);

- Clear English vowel sounds + vowel lengths (short v. long);

- Necessary / unnecessary vowel and consonant sounds in a word;

- Correct syllable stress in a word (strong v. weak beats). 


- The whole text is analysed and understood beyond a first translation;  

- The context of each role within a piece is established (such as: era, accent, and status);

- The rhythm of a sentence is analysed, so that the performer finds the best way to convey the right emotion.