Introducing Samuel Berlad, a distinguished German-American bass-baritone whose musical journey traces from Germany to his current residence in Jerusalem, Israel.
Rooted in tradition, Samuel's early exposure to synagogue singing, inspired by his grandfather – a revered Jewish cantor in Miami – kindled his passion for music. Continuing this legacy, he remains committed to his role as a cantor, honoring sacred melodies.
Samuel's musical education began at age 7 with the flute, later extending to the violoncello. In 2002, he embarked on vocal studies, a pivotal moment in shaping his artistic path.
A consummate performer, Samuel has excelled in prominent baritone and bass-baritone roles, including cherished portrayals such as Mozart's Figaro, Leporello, and Papageno, along with Donizetti's Belcore. Collaborating with esteemed conductors, such as Yishai Steckler, Omer Arieli, Nir Kabaretti, and Zubin Mehta, Samuel has graced esteemed venues and opera houses across Israel, Germany, France, Italy, the USA, and the United Kingdom.
Complementing his operatic achievements, Samuel's commanding concert presence shines in renowned oratorios and art songs. Notable highlights include his captivating rendition of Schubert's "Die Schöne Müllerin" alongside pianist Jonathan Zak, earning acclaim across Israeli venues. His acclaimed performance of the baritone solo in Brahms' "German Requiem" further underscores his interpretive depth.
Since September 2022, Samuel's journey has taken him to Harztheater in Halberstadt, Germany, where he will continue to captivate audiences with his artistry.
Academically accomplished, Samuel holds a Master's degree in Opera from Frankfurt University for Music and the Performing Arts, accompanied by a Diploma in Vocal Pedagogy from Wiesbaden Music Academy. His exploration of Jewish Cantorial Arts at Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, guided by distinguished mentors, deepens his cultural connection.
Beyond his artistic pursuits, Samuel's dedication extends to musicology studies, reflecting his commitment to a well-rounded musical understanding. In Samuel Berlad, tradition and innovation harmoniously converge, forging a legacy that resonates far beyond the footlights.