I have been featured in an article written by Clare Colvin for Express in which we discuss the role of Boy / Young King which George Benjamin created for me in his latest opera Lessons in Love and Violence. The piece will premier at the Royal Opera House on 10th May 2018.
“there are some unforgettable moments from a very strong cast…Samuel Boden’s sweet-toned Telemachus careering round the stage on a tandem while singing divinely.”
Independent, 11th January 2018
“Samuel Boden turns in a great performance as Ulysses’s nimble son Telemachus, disaffected under headphones, obsessed with Helen of Troy.”
Culture Whisper, 11th January 2018
“The headphone-toting Telemachus, Samuel Boden, was striking both visually and vocally.”
Seen and Heard International, 12th January 2018
“The Telemachus here, Samuel Boden, was touching, vulnerable”
What’s On Stage, 11th January 2018
“The production is well cast…Samuel Boden’s youthful Telemachus is the most skilled at the decorative Baroque style.”
The Financial Times, 11th January 2018
“What luxury, though, to have five superb tenors of various ilks, [with the] young Samuel Boden as Telemachus”
TheArtsDesk.com, 11th January 2018
“Samuel Boden showing huge controlled energy and anger as his son Telemachus, the finest specimen of youthful masculinity to be seen on any stage.”
Mark Ronan, 11th January 2018
“It’s exciting to see the Royal Opera…casting charismatic young singers such as Boden.”
The Times, 12th January 2018
“Samuel Boden was lovely as the petulant and passionate Telemachus.”
Schmopera, 14th January 2018
“As Telemachus, Samuel Boden both looked and sounded good, his flexibly tenor voice exactly suiting the role, and his well-put-together torso (bare) clearly hinting at the character’s military training. Boden’s Telemachus was also clearly damaged, and never seemed to quite recover.”
Planet Hugill, 14th January 2018
“Samuel Boden’s Telemachus provided much fine singing and committed characterization.”
MusicOMH, 14th January 2018
“…throughout the show, in Samuel Boden’s brightly sung performance, he’s been the embodiment of sunny assurance, striding about bare-chested in a blond wig as he gives his mother far too much information about Helen of Troy.”
The Spectator, 20th January 2018
Marking the countdown to the New Year with celebratory odes for St Cecilia’s Day – Henry Purcell’s Welcome to all the Pleasures of 1683 and John Blow’s Begin the Song of 1684 – and two rousing Gloria settings.
The Royal Opera returns to the Roundhouse with Monteverdi’s great late work The Return of Ulysses, in a new production directed by John Fulljames starring Christine Rice and Roderick Williams, sung in English.
The first performance is on Wednesday 10th January 2018 and tickets are now on sale and available via the ROH website.
Following the ROH announcement about its forthcoming production of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, which will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018, I am delighted to say that I will be involved. Full details can be found in this article on the Royal Opera House website.