Guest of the Opera
Simona Houda-Šaturová is a sought-after interpreter of Mozart roles, as well of the Italian bel canto repertoire. She is a permanent guest of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she has sung Mozart’s Ilia (Idomeneo), Sandrina (La finta giardiniera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), and Verdi's Violetta and Gilda. She is also closely connected to the Aalto-Theatre in Essen (Violetta, Konstanzein Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Elettra in Idomeneo) and the Frankfurt Opera (Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Madama Cortese in Rosini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Lucia di Lammermoor). She has been also featured in opera productions in the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Megaron in Athens or Prague National Theatre. Simona Houda-Šaturová is also a renowned concert singer. To name a few successful performances: Carnegie Hall with Philadelphia Orchestra, the Salzburg Festival, Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside baritone Thomas Quasthoff and under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. Her extensive discography includes, among many others, album of Haydn’s opera arias (Orfeo, awarded with the Gramophone “Editor‘s Choice“); 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. Her latest CD „Decade“ includes arias of W. A. Mozart and J. Mysliveček with several world premiere recordings.
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. She 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. In 2012 Simona became the patron of the Safety Line Association.
Photo: Tomas Houda
Update: September 2015