Guest of the Opera
Simona Houda-Šaturová is a sought-after interpreter of Mozart roles, as well of the Italian bel canto repertoire. Her signature parts include Mozart’s Constanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ilia (Idomeneo), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Sandrina (La finta giardiniera); Rossini’s Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Adina (L’elisir d’amore); Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), and Verdi’s Gilda (Rigoletto). She has been featured in major concert and opera productions in the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Munich’s Herkules-Saal, and festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. She is also a frequent guest at the Frankfurt Opera where she performed as Mozart’s Pamina, Madama Cortese in Rosinni’s Il viaggio a Reims, Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Simona is a welcome guest of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; to a great success she has already sung there Ilia (Idomeneo), Sandrina (La finta giardiniera) and in December 2012 the title role of Verdi’s La traviata in a new production conducted by Adam Fischer. She is a permanent guest of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.
Simona Houda-Šaturová is also a renowned concert singer. In 2006, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival while at the same year she was invited by Christoph Eschenbach to perform in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the opening gala of the Pleyel Hall in Paris. Again with Eschenbach, she cooperated on his tour with Mahler’s Symphony of Thousands in 2011 (Prague, Hamburg, Hannover). To name a few other successful performances: Carnegie Hall with Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Iván Fischer), London Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Concert (Haydn: Die Schöpfung) with Adam Fischer, tour with Philippe Herreweghe and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and a tour of Germany with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s oratorio Elijah alongside baritone Thomas Quasthoff and under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. Simona cooperates with leading conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, Adam Fischer, Iván Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Leopold Hager, Helmuth Rilling, Sylvain Cambreling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jiří Bělohlávek, KentNagano, Tomáš Netopil, John Fiore, Rolf Beck, Martin Haselböck, Christopher Hogwood etc.
Her discography includes: CD Gloria with Christmas and Advent songs (Artesmon), recording of Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio (Sony BMG), Haydn’s Harmonie-Messe and Theresienmesse (Hänssler Classics), album of Haydn’s opera arias (Orfeo, awarded with “Editor‘s Choice“) and Mozart’s spiritual compositions (Arco Diva). Her recordings of Johann Adolf Hasse’s Requiem & Miserere (Carus Verlag) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Christoph Eschenbach and Philadelphia Orchestra (Ondine) received the “Preis der deutschen Schallplatten Kritik” critics’ award in Germany and a Supersonic Award.
Simona Houda-Šaturová was born in Bratislava and she graduated from the local conservatory. She expanded her vocal education in Prague (class of Soňa Kresáková), in master courses of Ileana Cotrubas in Vienna and Margreet Honig in Amsterdam. Simona Houda-Šaturová received the Award of Charlotte and Walter Hamel Foundation for exceptional vocal performances (Lübeck 2007), and the 2001 Thalia Award for the best Opera Performance. Appearing in benefit and charity concerts, in 2012 Simona became the patron of the Safety Line Association.
Photo: Tomas Houda
Update: January 2013