Guest of the Opera
“Simona Šaturová, as Lucia Popp and Edita Gruberova, coming from Bratislava is nothing short of a small miracle of Mozart. She sings Konstanze with such seismic coloratura, such piano-sensitivity and style perfection that take your breath away.“ [Der neue Merker]
Simona Houda-Šaturová is a sought-after interpreter of Mozart roles and of the Italian bel canto repertoire as well as a renowned concert singer. Her signature parts include Mozart’s Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Ilia and Elettra (Idomeneo), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Ismene (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Lucio Cinna and Celia (Lucio Silla); 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), or Verdi’s Violetta (La traviata) and Gilda (Rigoletto). She has been featured in major concert and opera productions in the Semperoper in Dresden, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Frankfurt Opera, Athens Concert Hall Megaron, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, Suntory Hall in Tokio, Munich’s Herkules-Saal, and festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Simona has cooperated with eminent conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt, Adam Fischer, Christopher Hogwood, Charles Dutoit and others. She is a welcome guest of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Aalto Theater in Essen and the National Theatre Opera in Prague.
Simona Houda-Šaturová ’s discography is also very extensive. She has recorded for Supraphon (Martinů), Sony BMG (Saint-Saëns), Orfeo (Haydn Arias, awarded with “Editor‘s Choice“), Hänssler Classics (Haydn), Nibiru Publishers (Decade – W. A. Mozart and Josef Mysliveček, and Jakub Jan Ryba’s Stabat mater) and others. 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 critics’ award in Germany “Preis der deutschen Schallplatten Kritik“ and a Supersonic Award. Her latest CDs for Supraphon are Antonín Dvořák’s Moravian Duets (2018) a Bohuslav Martinů‘s Ariane (2016) with Essen Philharmonic and Tomáš Netopil.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Simona‘s debut at the Semper Oper in Dresden in a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze), concert version of Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln under Fabio Luisi in Kopenhagen, Verdi’s Requiem with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck and a New year’s Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Krzysztof Urbański in Gasteig, Munich.
Simona Houda-Šaturová was born in Bratislava and graduated from the local conservatory. She expanded her vocal education 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.
Photo: Tomáš Houda