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Samuel Boden



Samuel Boden in action.
Samuel Boden in L'Ormindo, The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe © Stephen Cummiskey

British tenor Samuel Boden made his Royal Opera debut in 2014, singing the title role in L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to sing Telemachus (The Return of Ulysses) for The Royal Opera at the Roundhouse, and Boy / Young King (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere) on the Royal Opera House main stage.

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 Laurence Cummings, John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Jeffrey Skidmore and Thomas Zehetmair, 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, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (at the BBC Proms) and much early French repertory. His 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.

News and features

New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

31 January 2017
New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.