Category Archives: Opera

Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence – Royal Opera House

Samuel Boden as Boy/Young King, Barrington-Cook and Barbara Hannigan – Lessons in Love and Violence: ROH May 2018. Photo by Stephen Cummiskece

“…one can only admire the valiant ensemble performance, with…tenor Samuel Boden’s pure-toned royal successor…making the most of [his] very demanding part…”
Independent, 11th May 2018

“Samuel Boden makes a pivotal contribution as the Boy”
What’s on Stage, 11th May 2018

“For the cast, I have nothing but praise:…Sam Boden makes his mark as the boy king with a nasty surprise up his royal sleeve.”
The Telegraph, 11th May 2018

“Samuel Boden is inspired casting as the Boy, growing up to be King.”
Financial Times, 11th January 2018

Samuel Boden as Boy/Young King, Barrington-Cook, Stéphane Degout and Barbara Hannigan in ‘Lessons in Love and Violence’: ROH May 2018. Photo by Stephen Cummiskece

“…Edward III is initially the Boy and later the Young King (sympathetically realised by Samuel Boden).”
The Stage, 11th May 2018

“Samuel Boden is firm yet delicate as the Boy/Young King.”
The Guardian, 19th May 2018

“The son, gracefully sung by tenor Samuel Boden, is clearly intended to be Edward III but is here named “Boy/Young King,”
Opera News, 10th October 2018

Monteverdi: The Return of Ulysses – Royal Opera House / Roundhouse

Samuel Boden as Telemachus: ROH / Roundhouse, January 2018. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey

“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” ”, 11th January 2018

Samuel Boden as Telemachus, Roderick Williams as Ulysses and Mark Milhofer as Eumaeus: The Guardian, January 2018. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

“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

London Performances – Tickets on Sale

Following a busy year of touring I am looking forward to working on a few projects in London:

Early Opera Company | Wigmore Hall | 8th December 2017

  • A festive concert featuring three of Charpentier’s most popular works.
  • Tickets on sale via the Wigmore Hall website.

Arcangelo | Wigmore Hall | 31st December 2017

  • 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.
  • Tickets on sale via the Wigmore Hall website.

The Royal Opera | Roundhouse | January 2018

  • 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.

Tickets have not yet gone on sale for Lessons in Love and Violence (ROH), general booking for which opens on 31st January 2018.

Rameau: Pigmalion – Pinchgut Opera

“[Boden] brings an exquisitely crafted, nuanced sound to the role…[giving] a detailed, polished account of Rameau’s florid vocal lines.”
Limelight Magazine, 16th June 2017

“Samuel Boden sang Pigmalion with a light unassertive voice and, at times, brilliant virtuosity.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 16th June 2017