IMG Artists Announces Senior Vice President Sam Snook as Head of Vocal, London

12 Jan 2024

IMG Artists is pleased to announce the promotion of Sam Snook to Head of Vocal, London. Succeeding Stefania Almansi, who retired in 2021, Sam brings over 17 years of experience in the classical music industry, previously holding positions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera and OPERA America. “With this move to Europe, I look forward to continued work with terrific colleagues, helping create new opportunities for our artists, and increasing the number of vocal staff in our European offices to match the demands of our industry. In 2024, it is of utmost importance to remain buoyant with the ever-changing classical landscape, and the needs of our artists.”

Sam also announces the signings of Chinese tenor Mingjie Lei, who recently starred as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Dutch National Opera, American tenor Ryan Capozzo, finishing his tenure in the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and singing Steersman in Der fliegende Holländer; Cuban baritone Eleomar Cuello, in his first season in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Argentinian bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, singing Laurentino in El Milagro del Recuerdo at San Diego Opera, and Hungarian bass-baritone Gábor Bretz, who recently finished his first performances as Wotan in Das Rheingold at La Monnaie, and will soon premiere the same role in Die Walküre as part of their new Ring Cycle.

Sam first joined IMG Artists in 2009, working closely with Matthew A. Horner, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Vocal. “Sam’s move to London is a very positive development for IMG Artists,” said Matthew, “With the complicated nature of our business, and the best artists needing true worldwide representation, I see this move by one of my most trusted colleagues as a fruitful venture for all of us in vocal.” In addition to Matthew A. Horner, Sam will continue to work with division colleagues Claire Feazey, senior vice president at IMG Artists Paris, Thomas Walton, senior vice president at IMG Artists London, artist managers Isabella Pitman, Devere Burnett, Mattia Campetti, and Solal del Castillo, as well as Senior Assistant Artist Managers Floriana Maiello, Aleksandar Reupert and Noah Sesling.

Sam Snook’s artist roster can be found here.

Photo Credit: Mingjie Lie – Lingse Studio Beijing; Ryan Capozzo – Jaclyn Simpson;
Eleomar Cuello – Unknown; Federico de Michelis – Unknown; Gábor Bretz – László Emmer