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Simona Houda-Šaturová

Simona Houda-Šaturová

Guest of the Opera

Biography

“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. Highlights of the most recent seasons include Mozart trilogy (Mozart – Da Ponte) at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels where she assumed the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and made her debut at Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). She also cooperated with the Munich Philharmonic and Krzysztof Urbanski, with Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Juraj Valčuha, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit at the Tanglewood Music Festival, with Mozarteumorchester and Riccardo Minasi at Salzburger Festspiele; she made a concert tour with Bamberger Symphoniker and Jakub Hrůša, and she performed with Orchestre National de Paris and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. 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 and others. She is a welcome guest of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the 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, Dvořák, Míča), Sony BMG (Orff, Saint-Saëns), Orfeo (Haydn Arias, awarded with “Editor’s Choice“), Accentus (Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 with Herbert Blomstedt, received the International Classical Music Award), Hänssler Classics (Haydn), Nibiru Publishers (Decade – Mozart, Mysliveček, and Jakub Jan Ryba’s Stabat mater – awarded with Diapason d’Or) 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 Supersonic Award. She recorded the song cycle Ad astra by Eugen Suchoň for the Slovak Music Fund and most recently Karol Kurpinski’s Te Deum with Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks (NIFCCD, 2021).

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