Samanta Lestavel graduated in November 2017 with a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship and the Helpmann Family Fellowship. She studied German extensively in university, adding to her native proficiency in French, Italian and English.
Samanta gained extensive operatic stage experience while completing her studies, performing the following principal roles between 2016-2020: Anna Gomez (Menotti, The Consul), Adele (J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus), Belinda (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas), Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Calisto (Cavalli: La Calisto), Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan, Patience), Despina (Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte), Lucy (Menotti: The Telephone), Mary Crawford (Jonathan Dove: Mansfield Park, Australian premiere), and Angelina (Gilbert and Sullivan, Trial by Jury).
Samanta has been privileged to work with companies including The CoOperative, Operantics, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney, Rockdale Opera, The Macquarie Singers, Opera Hunter, Opera Bites, Phoenix Choir, and the Penrith Symphony Orchestra. Samanta is looking forward to a busy season with the CoOperative, in addition to reprising the role of Lucy (Menotti: The Telephone) with the Newcastle Festival in August 2021.