Sam Shepperson is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and currently a member of its voice faculty, and co-director of the Opera Theatre at UNM. Active in opera, oratorio and art song, he has been a soloist with such groups as the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, Music in the Mountains, the Orchestra of Santa Fe, the Colorado Opera Festival, Opera Southwest, Emerald City Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and performed numerous roles with the UNM Opera Theater as well as the role of Ben Budge in the Santa Fe Opera’s production of The Beggar’s Opera.
For several years, Sam toured a production for the Santa Fe Opera outreach program. His opera resume includes such roles as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutti, Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seralgio, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Leo in Regina, Lindoro in Italian Girl in Algiers, Camille in the Merry Widow, Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Eisenstein in die Fledermaus, Dr. Caius in Falstaff and Little Bat in Susannah. His oratorio resume includes Judas in Judas Maccabaeus, Samson in Samson, tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, Florentino in Cantata Criolla, and standard repertoire such as Messiah, Elijah, The Seasons, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Ninth.
He has appeared under the baton of Margaret Hillis, Neal Stulberg, William Kirshke, John Crosby, Donald Neuen, Stewart Robertson, Michael Butterman, Guillermo Figueroa, Anthony Barrese and Jorge Pérez-Gómez. In the summer of 1995, he made his international debut as tenor soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Symphony of the Americas. In 2012, he made his Lincoln Center debut in New York as tenor soloist in Rene Clausen’s Requiem.