samuel boden

tenor

biography

British tenor Samuel Boden has developed an international opera and concert career with particular success in the fields of early and contemporary music. He is a highly-regarded interpreter of Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, the French baroque as well as Britten. 

Recent highlights include creating the roles of Boy and Young King in George Benjamin Lessons in love and violence at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden followed by performances at the Dutch National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Lyon and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, as well as the title roles of Monteverdi L’Orfeo and Gluck Orphée et Euridyce for the Nederlandse Reisopera. 

He has sung several of the Rameau and Charpentier haute-contre parts as well as Cavalli L’Ormindo. Other roles include Oronte Alcina at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Poet in Thomas Larcher The Hunting Gun at Aldeburgh Festival, Anthony Sweeney Todd for Bergen National Opera and the title role Acis & Galatea at the Buxton Festival.

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Samuel regularly appears with the foremost period ensembles: Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe, Le Concert d’Astrée with Emmanelle Haïm, Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, Les Musiciens du Louvre with Marc Mikowski and Wiener Akademie with Martin Haselböck.

He has also worked with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Scottish Chamber, BBC Symphony, and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras plus the Salzburg Camerata and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

Samuel’s growing discography includes Berlioz Roméo et Juliette with the BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis and discs of Monteverdi, Charpentier, Daniel Purcell, Rameau, Bach, Blow alongside Tansy Davies, Alec Roth and George Benjamin.

Samuel Boden began his career as a chef and went on to study singing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

His plans include appearances at Opéra de Lille, Staatsoper Under den Linden, Berlin and Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opéra Royal de Versailles as well as tours of Bach with Collegium Vocale, Gent.

© Caroline Phillips Management July 2021

Samuel Boden is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips cphillips@caroline-phillips.co.uk

reviews

Monteverdi L’Orfeo – Nederlandse Reisopera

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, 12 February 2020

With accuracy and talent the tenor Samuel Boden embodies the character of the Boy, then the Young King with the flexibility and vivacity of his acting, clear top notes and excellent projection,

Forum Opéra, 20 May 2019

George Benjamin Lessons in love and ViolenceRoyal Opera House & Holland Festival

Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King

Financial Times, 11 May 2018 

… lustrous honeyed lines in the final scenes for the high-tenor role of the Son (who becomes Edward III), beautifully delivered by Samuel Boden.

The Guardian, 11 May 2018

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The boy (Edward III – though no historical names are used) is the most memorable performer in the opera and a real achievement by Samuel Boden.

Critics Circle, 23 May 2018

Rameau Pigmalion – Pinchgut Opera

Tenor Samuel Boden is Pigmalion, the sculptor who creates a statue so beautiful he falls in love with it, only to have it come to life. He brings an exquisitely crafted, nuanced sound to the role, offset by the sound of the two flutes, who have plenty to do in Rameau’s score. Boden gives a detailed, polished account of Rameau’s florid vocal lines.

Limelight Magazine, 16 June 2017

Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings – Salzburg Camerata

As a native speaker and brilliant interpreter of texts, Boden is uniquely qualified to convey these complex and evocative lyrics …  he revealed intensely moving layers of diverse colours and emotions.

Kulturpunkt, 11 October 2016

Bach Academy of Ancient Music / Howarth 

Best of all, Samuel Boden’s classic, appealing tenor finally shone out in Qui tollis peccata mundi, with perfect projection and diction enabled by supple strength right through his range, in an account at once sincere and affecting.

Bachtrack, 11 April 2017

Gluck  Orphée et Eurydice – Nederlandse Reisopera

The choice of the young British tenor Samuel Boden as Orphée is excellent

Opera Magazine nl (trans), 4 May 2015

And what a tenor! The enormous part, full of nuances, was beautifully sung by Samuel Boden.

Theaterkrant.nl (trans), 3 May 2015

British tenor Samuel Boden is perfectly cast as Orpheus: not only does he have a wonderful timbre , but he also brings to the fore the changing moods of the title hero with great conviction.

Cultureel Persbureau (trans), 2 May 2015

Charpentier La déscente d’Orphée aux enfers – Le Concert d’Astrée

Orphée, sung by Samuel Boden, is outstanding. His vocal colour, perfect diction and exceptional phrasing are spot on.

Forum Opera (trans), 19 March 2015

Rameau Les Boréades – Aix-en-Provence Festival

Samuel Boden , Abaris … A beautiful tenor voice, flexible and powerful

Destimed 19 July 2014

British tenor Samuel Boden … achieves a personal triumph thanks to his clear, bright timbre, stylistic intelligence, his admirable clarity of diction and his flawless virtuosity.

Opera Online, 21 July 2014

Cavalli L’Ormindo The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

…led by the vocally remarkable Sam Boden in the title role.

New York Times, 1 April 2014

Boden displayed a beautiful limpid tone and line totally in keeping with his character.

Opera Today, 30 March 2014

Samuel Boden’s dreamy Ormindo.

The Guardian , 26 March 14

Sondheim Sweeney Todd – Bergen

Tenor Samuel Boden sang as sweetly as the birds admired by his romantic interest Johanna

Opera Now, January 2020

Thomas Larcher The Hunting Gun – Aldeburgh Festival

Samuel Boden …[was] in all respects first class …

The Observer, 15 June 2019

George Benjamin Lessons in love and ViolenceOpéra de Lyon

the Young Boy, then the young King, are superbly incarnated by the tenor Samuel Boden, whose voice, always at ease in the crystalline high notes and excellently projected, is an object of permanent delight.

Classique News, 25 May 2019

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Samuel Boden sings Campra Idamante

Tenor Samuel Boden sings the role of Idamante in Campra Idoménée for Opéra de Lille. The new production by Àlex Ollé is conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and opens on September 24 and there are further performances on September 26, 28, 30 and October 2. Idoménée  is a...

Samuel Boden – Buxton International Festival début

Tenor Samuel Boden sings Acis in Handel Acis and Galatea at the Buxton International Festival in a production by Martin Constantine with Christian Curnyn conducting the Early Opera Company. The performances at Buxton Opera House take place on July 12, 19 (pm &...

A Bach-free good Friday from the Wigmore for Boden

Tenor Samuel Boden replaces a cancelled Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion in Rotterdam by joining viol consort Fretwork in a Bach-free event on Good Friday with Johan Sebastiani (1622-1683) St Matthew Passion from Wigmore Hall. Available online at from 15:00...

Home schooling at the court of Edward II

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,...

Sam Boden back on stage in Lille

https://youtu.be/Y_OD3j1tu0A Samuel Boden with Le Concert d'Astrée last season 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,...

Sam Boden sings L’Orfeo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R_ROOxxX9A 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...

Sam Boden Zurich début

Tenor Samuel Boden will make his Opernhaus Zürich début next season.  He will sing Oronte in Alcina alongside Cecilia Bartoli, Magdalena Kožená and Sandrine Piau in a production by Christof Loy conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

Samuel Boden on Grammy-nominated disc

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...

Boden L’Orfeo role debut

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...

Samuel Boden sings Sondheim

Tenor Samuel Boden sings the role of Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd in a semi-staging by Christopher Luscombe for Bergen National Opera. Stephen Higgins conducts the Bergen Philharmonic with performances at the Grieghallen, Bergen on November 6, 7 & 8.