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Robert C. Samels: Reviews

Indiana University - CVE concert (2/8/06)

To fulfill a requirement for his degree, on Wednesday evening, Samels led the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble in a challenging program of works by three members of the university's music faculty. And as he seems to keep demonstrating, he can excel at whatever musically he sets his mind and energies to.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald-Times (Feb 10, 2006)
Indiana University - Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten (12/4/05)

Bass Robert Samels offered resonance, beauty and flexibility of voice, no matter how taxing his assignment, and taxing it frequently was.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (Dec 7, 2005)
Indiana University - Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (11/11/05)

The mechanicals who put on the "Tragical Comedy of Pyramus and Thisby" were led by Robert Samels, a full voiced and remarkably comic Bottom the weaver.
George Walker - WFIU Public Radio (Dec 9, 2005)
Indiana University - Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (11/11/05)

The production is particularly strong in its casting of the thespian rustics who prepare and then perform "Midsummer's" play within a play, an unintended, hilarious satire of a tragic Romeo and Juliet-like tale about Pyramus and Thisby. The rustics' good-hearted but witless leader, the weaver Bottom, gets a juicy and well-sung portrayal from bass-baritone Robert Samels.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (Nov 15, 2005)
Carmel Bach Festival- Baroque Master Class (8/06/05)

Bass-baritone Robert Samels reflected the greatest growth during the sessions. The music for his wide ranging voice had him doing vocal acrobatics and he learned to handle them smoothly and confidently. An aria from Handel's little known opera "Sosarme" was delivered with well outlined smoothness and resonance. The aria "Nasce al Bosco" from the opera "Ezio" is a virtuoso showpiece and Samels, incorporating class suggestions, revealed a fine resonant agile voice that projected assurance and ease as he maneuvered through demanding coloratura skips and scales. It made a fine summation of his musical development.
Nathalie Plotkin - Monterey County Herald (Aug 8, 2005)
BLEMF - Mattheson's St. John Passion (5/28/05)

The performance was impressive. Bass Robert Samels contributed a weighty Pilate.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (May 30, 2005)
Indiana University - Bolcom's A View From the Bridge (2/07/05)

The heartrending "Ship of Hunger" scene given to the other immigrant, Marco, he who has come to America to keep his poverty-stricken family back in Italy alive, was potently realized by basso Robert Samels.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (Feb 7, 2005)
Bloomington Chamber Singers - Handel's Messiah (5/04/04)

Robert Samels' youthful bass paved the way as it burst forth in brilliant fashion in the aria, "Why do the nations so furiously rage together?"
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (May 4, 2004)
Indiana University - All Rorem Concert (7/29/03)

The student vocalists responded to their assignments nobly. In particular, bass Robert Samels gave needed intensity to Whitman's bitter reflections on the Civil War. Samels became preacher, commentator, story teller and griever all in one.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (Jul 29, 2003)
Indiana University - Berlioz's Damnation of Faust (4/28/03)

IU graduate student Robert Samels, although his role was small, performed his hilarious narration as the tavern owner Brander with gusto.
Adam Sedia - Indiana Daily Student (Apr 28, 2003)
Indiana University - John Adams' El Nino (11/08/02)

Bass-baritone Robert Samels (whether in narrative mode or as a scheming Herod) was a standout, deserving, as were they all, of the cheers and vociferous applause that came at the conclusion.
Peter Jacobi - Bloomington Herald Times (Nov 8, 2002)
Indiana University - Mozart's Don Giovanni (9/28/02)

Robert Samels played Don Giovanni's difficult servant Leporello with good singing and a nice feel for the character as both a radically uppity underling and a figure of comedy.
George Walker - WFIU Public Radio (Sep 28, 2002)