A native Nebraskan, Samantha Noonan has been described as a “sparkling soprano, with a deft humor" (Twin Cities Reader, 2016). Ms. Noonan graduated from St. Olaf College in the spring of 2017, earning her B.M. in Vocal Performance. While at St. Olaf, she studied under Anna Mooy and was active in the St. Olaf Lyric Theater. Alongside her opera performances, Ms. Noonan was a three year member of the St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong. After graduating from undergrad, she spent a year performing at the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre and singing in VocalEssence Ensemble (directed by Philip Brunelle). In the summer of 2018, Ms. Noonan served as an artist in the Canto Vocal Program in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ms. Noonan has flourished many roles such as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Idamante in Idomeneo. She has also thrived in her role study of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Ännchen (Der Freischütz).
Ms. Noonan moved to New York City in January 2019 and became involved in the Canto Winter Workshop. Since then, Ms. Noonan has sung in Manhattan Opera Summer Studio Festival which included performing the role of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart and performing as a soloist at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Noonan also sang in the Chicago Summer Opera Program (2019).
Most recently, Ms. Noonan has participated in online masterclasses and an online program provided by Canto Vocal Programs. She continues to live in New York City and studies voice with Ira Siff. She also works with her vocal coaches Liora Maurer and Lucy Arner.
Ms. Noonan plans to begin auditioning for graduate programs in the fall.