Revisiting LILAV

After a break of a couple of years, it was a great pleasure to work with the cast of Lessons In Love And Violence again, under the baton of Sir George himself, on a piece that is very close to my heart. Having done about 40 fully-staged performances of Lessons, from Covent Garden to the Liceu in Barcelona, it was a challenge to be doing four concert performances of the piece, but a luxury to be with the wonderful Mahler Chamber Orchestra, for whom Written On Skin, George’s previous opera, was originally composed. Performances took place in Dortmund, Cologne, Essen...

Charpentier: La descent d’Orphée en Enfers – Vache Baroque Festival

“Boden negotiated the protagonist’s haute-contre utterances with seamless elegance and sensitivity … “Opera, November 2022 “Samuel Boden gave a mesmerising vocal performance in the title role … “Opera Scene, 5 September 2022 “Samuel Boden’s Orphée negotiates his aerial line … with unfailing elegance and sensitivity … “The Stage, 5 September 2022 “Samuel Boden plays Orphée… my how he can act.  His anguish at the death of Euridice is palpable; his disconsolation is abject as her body is carried off … Musically, the role of Orphée is demanding.   Charpentier calls for an haut-contre voice … Boden rises magnificently to this challenge, taking his tenor high without the...

Campra: Idoménée – Berlin Staatsoper

“Samuel Boden was a tender Idamante.”Opera, December 2021 “The overwhelming star of the evening is the Idamante of Samuel Boden, who only briefly survived the lily-adorned sacrificial altar, with a piano shimmer and the finest accuracy in haute-contre.”Nmz online, 17 November 2021 “the fine-voiced Samuel Boden as Idamante.”Orpheus Online, 11 November 2021 “Both Samuel Boden and Chiara Skerath are visually believable and immediately win over the audience with their beautiful voices. He with a bright, well-led tenor …”Der Online Merker, 11 November 2021 “The interaction and the musical dialogue between Chiara Skerath and Samuel Boden, who portrays the young prince is deeply moving. Samuel Boden has only...