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 Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Through intensive scene work, Ms. Noonan has excelled in the roles of Norina (Don Pasquale) and Niece 2 (Peter Grimes).
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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and performing as a soloist at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. For the remainder of the summer, Ms. Noonan sang in the Chicago Summer Opera Program and performed the role of Georges de Planteville for a production of Bagatelle by Jacques Offenbach.
Ms. Noonan 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.