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, she 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).
In the 2020-2021 thus far, Ms. Noonan has participated in several Canto Opera Online Studio programs, featuring feedback auditions for distinguished guests such as Dean Williamson (Nashville Opera - Music Director), Barbara Lynne Jamison (Kentucky Opera - General Director), Steven Osgood (Chautauqua Opera - General and Artistic Director), James Robinson (Opera Theatre of St. Louis - Artistic Director) and Grant Leohnig (Wolf Trap Opera - Music Director, Studio Artist Program). She also was a featured artist in several Canto Opera Program Concerts via zoom.
On April 25, 2021, Ms. Noonan will continue collaborating with Canto Vocal Programs in their online Spring Concert: "Can You Feel It?"
Samantha Noonan currently studies voice with Ira Siff and coaches with Liora Maurer as well as Lucy Arner.