With over 20 roles in her performance repertoire, soprano Samantha Geraci-Yee delivers a rich and powerful sound in the opera, concert, and musical theatre genres. Recently finishing her second season as a Resident Artist with Central Florida Lyric Opera, Samantha’s 2015-16 season included performances with CFLO as Gilda (Rigoletto), Liat (South Pacific), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), and Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica). She rounds out the season with another portrayal as Liat in South Pacific for St. Petersburg Opera and Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica for Chelsea Opera in New York City.
Samantha’s 2014-15 season began with her first year as a Resident Artist with Central Florida Lyric Opera, where she performed the roles of Tuptim (The King and I) and Flora and Annina in La Traviata. She also performed the role of Noémie (Cendrillon) for the Miami Summer Music Festival. Her 2013-14 season included multiple firsts: her professional symphony debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, company debuts with Long Beach Opera and Pacific Opera Project, where she played Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She also performed in the inaugural production of Vineyard Touring Opera’s Script to Score series, which toured throughout Southern California. In a fusion of theatrical and musical presentation, she portrayed the role of Blanche in scenes from Victor Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse which were connected to corresponding scenes from Rigoletto, in which she performed as Gilda. In addition, Samantha placed in the finals for the Classical Singer Competition and the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, and she was also a semi-finalist in the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition.
Previous seasons include performances as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Anne in A Little Night Music with Independent Opera Company, Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with Emerald City Opera, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for the Russian Opera Workshop, and performances with City Garage Theatre, for whom she created the role of Clio in the world premiere of Orestes 3.0: Inferno by Charles L. Mee. In addition, she has been engaged by Pacific Opera Encore Performances, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, and Poor Richard’s Opera, as well as young artist training at AIMS (Graz, Austria), Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute (BASOTI), Crittenden Opera Studio, OperaWorks, and the Tanglewood Institute.
Committed to community engagement and education, Samantha has been on the roster of the Los Angeles Opera Education and Community Programs as well as the Los Angeles branch of Opera on Tap, an organization which brings opera and classical music to new audiences by performing the repertoire in alternative venues in the community rather than in traditional houses and concert halls. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from Temple University.
In addition to her success as a performer, Samantha maintains a private studio in The Villages, Florida where she teaches voice and piano, and she is also an Executive Area Manager and Independent Consultant with Arbonne International.