In the 2013/14 Season British tenor Samuel Boden makes his debut with The Royal Opera, singing the title role in the Company's production of L'Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe.
Boden was home educated and studied cello at Junior Trinity at the then Trinity College of Music, also singing there as a treble. He began his professional career as a pastry chef before returning to Trinity to study singing with John Wakefield, graduating in 2006. He made his English National Opera debut in 2011 as Afinomo (The Return of Ulysses) at the Young Vic. His Glyndebourne Festival debut followed in 2012 with a role in The Fairy Queen, and he returned in 2013 to sing Mercury (Hippolyte et Aricie). Other engagements include Tony in the 50th anniversary tour of West Side Story, the title role in Actéon in Dijon and Lille and Prologue/Peter Quint in the Mexican premiere of The Turn of the Screw with the Koenig Ensemble.
Boden sings regularly in concert with conductors such as Cummings, McCreesh Zehetmair, Skidmore and Gardiner, in repertory including Bach's Christmas Oratorio, B minor mass (recorded for Hyperion), Passions and Cantatas, Handel's Messiah, Britten's War Requiem and Nocturne, Monteverdi's Vespers and much early French repertory. Boden's awards include the Ricordi Opera Prize and the Derek Butler London Prize. His leisure time is spent participating in all-seasons extreme sports, including power-kiting and parkour.