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L’Orfeo – Monteverdi – Nederlandse Reisopera

“The story of Orpheus in the underworld is about us all. We all have something of Orpheus in us. Who would not want to turn back the clock every now and then and stick to the happiness of the past? That is why the Orpheus story has always inspired artists of all times.

For this staging, director Monique Wagemakers, choreographer Nanine Linning, designer Lonneke Gordijn from Studio Drift and fashion designer Marlou Breuls created L’ORFEO for the Nederlandse Reisopera. Their vision is that of a Gesamtkunstwerk; stage direction, choreography, sculpture, costume and music are completely merged together.

Nanine Linning and Monique Wagemakers forged the ten singers and ten dancers into one homogeneous group that is permanently on stage. Together with the moving installation “Ego” by artist Lonneke Gordijn (Studio DRIFT) they form a living organism and ever-changing stage image in dialogue with the fantastic music of Claudio Monteverdi.

The tight-fitting mesh costumes by designer Marlou Breuls form a line play with the projections and with the light design by Thomas Hase. The musical direction is in the hands of conductor Hernán Schvartzman (OPERA2DAY) and the opera is accompanied by baroque ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa.”

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – Nederlandse Reisopera

“Tenor Boden vigorously expresses his human recklessness.”
Theaterkrant, 26th January 2020

“Tenor Samuel Boden is an intimate, convincing Orfeo…★★★★”
NRC.nl, 26th January 2020

“The demanding title role was excellently played by tenor Samuel Boden. Assisted by Ego, he managed to put his changing moods in the spotlight. Beautifully sung, well acted.”
Place de l’Opera, 27th January 2020

“The tenor Samuel Boden has a well-kept dictation and effortlessly sings the sometimes difficult twists that Monteverdi puts into his mouth. – Even when the choir lifts [him] up and carries [him] across the stage.”
Cultureelpers Bureau, 27th January 2020

“Samuel Boden (Orfeo) makes a big impression”
Trouw, 27th January 2020

“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, 11th February 2020

★★★★
de Volkskrant, 27th January 2020

Samuel Boden as Orfeo: Reisopera, January 2020. Photo by Marco Borggreve

Larcher: The Hunting Gun – Aldeburgh Festival 2019

“As the Poet, Samuel Boden channels the quartet’s agonies while standing apart from the action, and his tenor is heard at its most eloquent.”
ClassicalSource.com, 7th June 2019

“The opera was extremely well cast and acted in a slow and minimalist sort of way. Samuel Boden (Poet) looked the part from head to toe not only by his style and dress but also by his actions.”
Planet Hugill, 13th June 2019

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

Live broadcast of Handel: Israel in Egypt

This evening, 8pm UK time on 22nd August, as part of the “Festival de La Chaise Dieu”, Handel’s Israel in Egypt will be broadcast live on Radio France Musique:

http://www.francemusique.fr/emission/le-concert-du-soir/2015-ete/la-chaise-dieu-2015-israel-en-egypte-de-haendel-08-22-2015-20-00

The lesser-performed and more doleful first part “The Ways of Zion do Mourn” will be performed as well as the more dramatic and descriptive 2nd and 3rd parts.
This is the last of three performances of the work here in France, with “Les Cris de Paris”, directed by Geoffrey Jourdain.