"The first subscription concert of the Salzburg 2016/17 season on October 7 + 9 featured Teodor Currentzis conducting the Camerata Salzburg with Benjamin Britten’s remarkable Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. Soloists were the English tenor Samuel Boden and the Camerata’s principal hornist Johannes Hinterholzer.
Samuel Boden performed the cycle comprised of six songs based on verse by the greatest 15th – 19th century English poets . As a native speaker and brilliant interpreter of texts, Boden is uniquely qualified to convey these complex and evocative lyrics. Beyond the merely comprehensible diction which is signature of most English singers, he revealed intensely moving layers of diverse colours and emotions. From the sweet Pastorale to the chilling Elegy (in which the invisible worm of destruction preys on the heart of the crimson rose) and the archaic Dirge by an anonymous poet, to the restless sleeper in John Keats’s Sonnet."
- Treffpunkt Kultur, October 2016
British tenor Samuel Boden began his professional career as a chef before studying singing with John Wakefield at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Samuel’s opera engagements have included the title role of Cavalli's L'Ormindo for the Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Orphée in Gluck Orphée et Eurydice for the National Reisopera; roles in The Fairy Queen and Mercure Hippolyte et Aricie for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has appeared with English National Opera at the Young Vic as Afinomo The Return of Ulysses;Theater St Gallen - The Fairy Queen; Opéra Théâtre de Métropole,Metz - The Indian Queen; Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille - the title role of Charpentier’s Actéon and Centro Cultural Universitario, Mexico City- Prologue and Quint The Turn of the Screw.
In concert he has sung Abaris Les Boréades with Les Musiciens de Louvre Grenoble / Marc Minkowski at the Aix-en Provence Festival and Damon Acis & Galatea with the group in the Salzburg Mozart week; Hippolyte Hippolyte et Aricie in concert with Ensemble Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon and Castor Castor et Pollux The Early Opera Group / Christian Curnyn.
On the concert platform Samuel has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, John Storgards, Giancarlo Guerro, Stephen Jackson plus Sakari Oramo at The Proms; the Hallé Orchestra / Robert Howarth; the Royal Northern Sinfonia /Thomas Zehetmair; the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Curnyn, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra / Howarth, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra / Emmanuelle Haïm; Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra/ Nicholas Kraemer; The Monteverdi Choir / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe, Le Concert d’Astrée / Haïm, the Wiener Akademie / Martin Haselböck and Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore. A particular specialist in the French baroque, Samuel’s repertoire also encompasses the works of Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Britten and increasingly, those of contemporary composers.
Samuel’s plans include appearances at the BBC Proms, with the Salzburg Camerata (Britten), Les Arts Florissants (Handel), the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Bach), Pinchgut Opera, Sidney (title role Rameau Pigmalion) as well as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Soon he records the rarely-performed wind band version of Messiah with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble & BBC Singers / David Hill.
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