Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her "velvet tone that can build to a powerful clarion," Alaska-born soprano Samina Aslam is rapidly gaining worldwide attention for her stunning interpretations of the lyric soprano repertoire. Ms. Aslam debuted the title role in Holst’s rarely-performed one-act opera SAVITRI with New Camerata Opera last season, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut this season as the soprano soloist in Runestad’s WE CAN MEND THE SKY.
In previous seasons, Ms. Aslam joined Opera NEO to make her role debut as the fiery title character in Gluck's masterpiece ARMIDE, and to cover Fiordiligi (COSÌ FAN TUTTE). The San Diego Story lauded her performance, stating “Samina Aslam's ample voice displayed the requisite range of colors to embody the gamut of emotions her character displayed...she was most persuasive in furious declamation."
An exceptionally versatile artist, Ms. Aslam recently completed a two-year residency with Ars Musica, where she was featured as the soprano soloist in a wide variety of works including Handel's MESSIAH, Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE, Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY, Bach’s B MINOR MASS, and Poulenc’s STABAT MATER. Ms. Aslam’s other young artist program credits include include Opera North, where she sang Tuptim (THE KING AND I), and the Franco‐American Vocal Academy, where she debuted the title role of Offenbach's LA BELLE HÉLÈNE.
Ms. Aslam was a Resident Artist at the Boston University Opera Institute and received their prestigious Performer’s Certificate in 2015. Her repertoire included the title role in Massenet’s CENDRILLON, Zina (DARK SISTERS), Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI), and Micaëla (LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN). She also performed with Boston area institutions including the Boston Lyric Opera, Masterworks Chorale, and Opera del West, with whom she performed the role of the Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO).
Ms. Aslam completed her graduate studies at the Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music, where she sang Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI) and performed professionally with Cincinnati area institutions including Cincinnati Opera, NANOWorks Opera and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Ms. Aslam also made her professional operatic debut as the Second Spirit (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) with Opéra Louisiane while completing her Bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University, and took First Prize in the Louisiana NATS Competition.
Armide, Opera NEO
"Opera NEO's lead singers took to the challenge of this rarely performed French opera with zeal and laudable vocal success. Soprano Samina Aslam's ample voice displayed the requisite range of colors to embody the gamut of emotions her character displayed... she was most persuasive in furious declamation."
-Ken Herman, San Diego Story, 09/12/2017
Freisinger Chamber Orchestra Concert, Old South Church
"Hers was a finely tuned and warmly registered 'Mi chiamano Mimì' from La,bohème. Her bright voicings and marked agility in Mozart's 'Come scoglio' from Così fan tutte..."
-David Patterson, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 09/14/15
Cendrillon, Boston University
"Samina Aslam as Cendrillon has a velvet tone that can build to a powerful clarion, and she and [Jesse] Darden [as the Prince] are a quite attractive couple."
-Brian Schuth, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 04/17/15
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Cosi fan tutte excerpts
January 12, 2020
We can Mend the Sky - Runestad
March 15th, 2020