- Questa o quella, Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi 1:50
- Che gelada manina, La Boheme Giacomo Puccini 4:40
- Una furtiva lagrima, L’elisir d’amore G. Donizetti 4:31
- La donna e mobile, Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi 2:09
- En fermant les yeux, Manon Jules Massenet 3:17
- M’appari tutti’ amor, Martha Friedrich von Flotow 3:07
- De miei bollenti spiriti, La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi 3:44
- Wrong is never right, Treemonisha Scott Joplin 4:52
- Bring him home, Les Miserables Boubill & Schöneberg 3:28
- Love Changes Everything, Aspects of Love Andrew Lloyd Weber 3:34
Welcome, I’m Samuel Cook
With over 30 years of international performance experience Samuel Cook is able to offer multi-genre recital programming:
- Complete classical – Performing bel-canto, German Lieder, French Chansons and contemporary song literature.
- Negro Spiritual – Samuel also offers a complete Negro Spiritual recital program. With contemporary and traditional arrangements.
- A Lyrical mix – This recital program offers a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, Negro Spirituals and light pop for an evening of vocal diversity.
This opera should only be performed for a tenor with strong high notes and ability to sing coloratura. Here in the Linz Opera House there is such a tenor in Samuel Cook who was excellently cast in the title role. The young American showed a full bodied lyric tenor with excitement in every range of the voice, excellent technique and astounding flexibility. The extreme high tones were perfectly controlled and clear as a bell.
The Count Ory by Rossini
Salzburg News; Salzburg Austria
Not only has Mr. Cook appeared as an operatic performer, he has performed internationally as a sensitive song and lieder recitalist, and solo Oratorio artist. His recital programs encompass an intriguing and varied repertoire that includes musical repertoire from the Baroque compositions of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthews Passion, to Franz Liszt’s romantic Sonetti di Petrarca. Samuel also sings a rich and heart rendering solo recital of Negro spirituals.
Especially noteworthy of recognition was Samuel Cook with well established vocal technique and a voice with power to cut through the orchestra.
The Merry Widow by Lehar
Crown Newspaper; Graz, Austria
Samuel Cook, a native Texan, was born in Port Arthur. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music. He finished his musical studies at Indiana University, where he obtained his graduate degree. He continued his vocal training with the world-famous tenor Carlo Bergonzi and soprano Renata Tebaldi in Busseto, Italy. After residing with his family in Europe for more than 10 years and enjoying a successful career as operatic and concert soloist, Mr. Cook and his family moved to Abilene, TX. He is currently a professor of voice and an artist-in-residence at Abilene Christian University.
In addition to performing and teaching, Mr. Cook has competed in numerous prestigious voice competitions. He won first prize in the Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition in Barcelona, Spain and first prize in the Francisco Andrade International Voice Competition in Porto, Portugal. He also won third prize in the International Music Competition in Munich, Germany and third prize in the Cape Town South Africa Voice Competition.
Among Mr. Cook’s extensive international operatic performances, his featured roles have included the Duke in Rigoletto with the Sacramento Opera; Nemorino in L’Elisir D’amore with Capeb Opera in Cape Town South Africa and also La Coruña, Spain; Narciso in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia with the Chicago Opera; Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Sivilia with the State Opera of Prague, Czech Republic; and Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Bregenz, Austria. Mr. Cook has also performed locally with the Abilene Opera Association singing the lead roles of Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Don Jose in Carmen. Most recently, Mr. Cook was the tenor soloist with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem.
In addition to Mr. Cook’s operatic performances, he has also performed internationally as a sensitive song and lieder recitalist as well as a solo oratorio artist. His recital programs encompass an intriguing and varied repertoire that includes musical repertoire from the Baroque compositions of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to Franz Liszt’s romantic Sonetti di Petrarca. Mr. Cook also sings a rich and heart rendering solo recital of Negro spirituals.
The fairy tale was held together by the Astrologer sang by Tenor Samuel Cook, with clear and secure high tones, offering a magical and outstanding performance.
The Golden Cockerel by Rimski Korssakow
Opera World Magazine
Recital Program Samples
Magnetized and deeply stirred, the attentive audience listened as Cook gave every song, every verse/stanza, yes, every single word its own meaning and power of expression, for example, in the surprising version of the familiar “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Borne by his expressive, lofty, and voluminous voice, based on an obviously deeply felt piety, and supported by an intensive gesture and facial expression, he knows how to convey the content of these songs very convincingly.
Negro Spirituals concert recital
WLZ; Kassel, Germany
It is quite amazing that this opera house can cast this particular opera without contracting outside singers. It speaks to the high quality of the ensemble. Samuel Cook a tenor of class, conquered in the leading (or title) role, could sing on any stage. Also the extreme high tones he can sing without any difficulty.
The Count Ory by Rossini
The Daily Page; Linz, Austria