Sam Handley

(Union City, Tennessee)

2015–16 Season: Konrad Nachtigall in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Bass-baritone Sam Handley makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Konrad Nachtigall in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.  Highlights of Handley’s other recent appearances have been in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Salome; Colline in La Bohème at the Castleton Festival and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (both under Lorin Maazel); and Escamillo in Carmen in Aachen, Germany, Handley’s European debut. Other major engagements include La Cenerentola in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program; Don Pasquale in a Santa Fe Opera tour; Robert Nelson’s A Room with a View (DVD); Acis and Galatea and Telemann’s Don Quichotte at Houston’s Mercury Baroque; and world premieres of music by Scott Gendel and Dan Black (Madison Contemporary Orchestra) and Kenneth Schermerhorn (Nashville Symphony Orchestra). Handley has performed with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and Santa Fe Symphony.