British tenor Samuel Boden began his career as a chef and then went on to study singing with John Wakefield at Trinity College of Music, graduating in 2006 with First Class Honours. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Ricordi Opera Prize and the Derek Butler London Prize as well as awards from the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Samling Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Opera engagements include The Fairy Queen for Theater St Gallen and Glyndebourne; Afinomo (The Return of Ulysses) for English National Opera at the Young Vic and Prologue and Quint (TheTurn of the Screw)& with The Koenig Ensemble in Mexico. He recently sang Charpentier's Actéon for Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille and Hippolyte et Aricie in concert with Ensemble Pygmalion / Raphäel; Pichon and Mercure in the same work at Glyndebourne. Samuel sang Tony in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story for Sundance Productions.
On the concert platform Samuel has sung Purcell at the Chaise Dieu Festival / Paul McCreesh, Bach Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion with Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore, Mozart with the Northern Sinfonia /Thomas Zehetmair, Bach with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra/ Nicholas Kraemer, Charpentier with Les Arts Florissants / Jonathan Cohen and Zemlinsky with the BBC Symphony Orchestra / John Storgards. Recent concert engagements include his début with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra / Haïm for Rameau and Purcell, Domenick Argento's Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe with BBC Symphony Orchestra / Giancarlo Guerro and Haydn's Creation in Kristiansand.
In recital he has appeared with The Young Songmaker's Almanac at St John's Smith Square and at Leeds Lieder Plus. Recently released are recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Robert Howarth and Pachelbel and Bach Cantatas with The Bach Players. He will shortly add Monteverdi Madrigals with Arcangelo / Cohen on Hyperion and Rameau with Ensemble Les Ambassadeurs / Alexis Kossenko on Virgin Classics to his discography and plans include a disc of Charpentier with Arcangelo for Hyperion.
'[...] the golden voiced Samuel Boden'