Against all odds tenor Samuel Boden reached Barcelona for the long-awaited Spanish première of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence. Reprising the roles of Boy and Young King he makes his début at the Gran Teatro Liceu with performances on Feb 26, Mar 1, 4, 7, 9 & 11. Josep Pons conducts Katie Mitchell’s staging adapted for the pandemic by Dan Ayling.
Tenor Samuel Boden sings the haute-contre role of Idamante in Campra Idomenée with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm. The reduced version of the work, entitled Le Retour d’Idoménée, is derived from the original production concept by Àlex Ollé and is part of the L’Inattendu Festival that opens the season at Opéra de Lille on October 3.
Following great success as Gluck’s Orphée with the company in 2015 tenor Samuel Boden returned to sing the title role of Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Nederlandse Reisopera in January this year. The complete performance is available on Operavision until January 2021. With his flexible tenor and athletic posture, Samuel Boden proved a perfect fit for the role of Orfeo, offering unfailingly stylish singing in the midst of the demanding choreographed moves. His honeyed timbre and the way he audibly relished the text made the plaintive lyricism of the role most moving. Bachtrack. For those with less time on their hands here is Sam singing Rosa del Ciel.
Tenor Samuel Boden features on the Grammy-nominated DVD recording of George Benjamin Lessons in Love and Violence. With the composer conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Samuel sings the role of Boy / Young King. Meanwhile the CD recording of the work with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic on Nimbus is one of the Notable Recordings of 2019 in The New Yorker.
Having created the roles at Covent Garden followed by performances in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lyon Samuel remains part of Katie Mitchell’s production as it travels to Barcelona, Madrid and Paris in future seasons.
Alongside those of Gluck and Charpentier tenor Samuel Boden adds Monteverdi’s Orfeo to his repertoire. He stars in the Nederlandse Reisopera production which opens in Enschede on January 25 and tours Holland until February 22. Monique Wagemaker’s staging is conducted by Hernán Schvartzman. Read an interview with Sam here. See video from rehearsals here.