Demetrious Sampson, Jr. is a rising tenor from Albany, GA, and a graduate of the Georgia State University School of Music. While attaining his Bachelor of Music under the instruction of Kathryn Hartgrove, he performed many roles with the Georgia State Opera Theater, most memorably, Captain Vanderdender in Candide and the titular role in John Musto's Bastianello.
At just 20 years old he was honored to make his professional debut with the Atlanta Opera in their 2019 production of Porgy and Bess as the show stealing Crab Man. His reprisal of said role at Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist in the Summer of 2022, was received as a “delight” by the New York Times. In the Spring of 2023, he made his Kennedy Center debut with the Washington Chorus as the tenor in Undine Smith Moore's 16-part oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr. That Summer Demetrious joined the prestigious Merola Program in a cohort of some of the most promising singers of our time. Performance Highlights include portraying Nemorino in a scene from Donizetti's hilarious yet heartfelt L'eslisir d'amore, a well-reviewed performance in the program's Metamorphosis Song Recital and scenes from both La Boheme and Fellow Travelers for the Merola Grand Finale in the War Memorial Opera Theater.
In his first year in the acclaimed Houston Grand Opera Sarah and Ernest Butler Studio, Demetrious has had the opportunity to perform scenes from Die Fledermaus and Susannah. His first mainstage performance on the HGO Brown Stage will be in Wagner's titanic opera, Parsifal. As the Third Esquire in this epic, Demetrious will be sharing the stage with some of the greatest talent of our time, all under the baton of the exquisite Maestro Eun Sun Kim.
Mr. Sampson has been the recipient of several great awards including second prize and audience choice at the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, second prize at the Opera Grand Rapids VanderLaan Prize, Second Prize at the Opera Ebony Competition, and a grand finalist of the Schmidt Vocal Arts Undergraduate Awards. He has also been a finalist of competitions like the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, John Alexander National Vocal Competition, and the Duncan Williams Competition. Demetrious has been a two- time District Winner of the Met. Opera Laffont Competition and an Encouragement Award Winner at the Regional Level.
San Francisco Chronicle
“tenor Demetrious Sampson Jr. and baritone Cameron Rolling gave a tantalizing preview with “I Should Take You to Bermuda,” a duet of seduction that is at once beautiful and slightly creepy.”– Joshua Kosman
Bay City News
“There were some especially beautiful pairings: tenor Demetrious Sampson, Jr. and baritone Samuel Kidd sang lustily from “La Bohème” —two rousing voices to watch out for”– Caroline Crawford
“tenor Demetrious Sampson, Jr. singing “Ah Love but a day” by Amy Beach. Sampson has a very powerful, rich voice and exceedingly clear diction. Later in the first half he sang Schumann's “Frühlings Ankunft,” which was very pretty and Florence Price's “The Poet and his Song,” which he sang with irrepressible joy that made the audience burst into applause although we were asked to only applaud for each section of the themed songs. Sampson showed a lot of charisma in Hugo Wolf's “Storchenbotschaft,“ he told the story clearly and conveyed the text well.”– The Opera Tattler
San Francisco Classical Voice
“tenor Demetrious Sampson Jr.'s ringing launch of Amy Beach's “Ah Love but a day.” His fortissimos could have filled a house three times as large. It served as the evening's youthful, headstrong wake-up call.”– Steven Winn