A singer with the gift of a beautiful voice and confident stage presence.
Serenade Magazine, April 2019
Simon Bode is one of the most sought-after lyric tenors of his generation, commanding opera and recital stages the world over. Equally beloved for his warm, bright timbre as for his forthright stage presence, the singer is a frequent guest at prestigious international festivals such as the Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein MusiK Festivals, the International Handel Festival Göttingen and at the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals. He recently made his acclaimed debut at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin and has performed multiple times in London’s Wigmore Hall to great fanfare.
Simon Bode has already been nominated on several occasions for Young Singer of the Year in Opernwelt magazine’s annual survey. Guest performances have led him to the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Theater Basel, among others. At the Hessiches Staatstheater Wiesbaden he made a guest appearance in 2017 with Zender’s Winterreise, returning in 2018 as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and in 2019 as Narraboth for a new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome. As an ensemble member of the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover and the Frankfurt Opera, Simon Bode has performed in numerous premieres and in many major roles of his profession, as in Peter Eötvös' Der goldene Drache, as Tamino (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Belmonte (Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Fenton (Verdi’s Falstaff), Orsino (Trojahn’s Was ihr wollt), and Steuermann (Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer), among others.
Besides opera, Simon Bode great passion is song and chamber music. His longstanding musical partners include pianists Igor Levit, Graham Johnson and Nicholas Rimmer, as well as bayan player Elsbeth Moser, with whom he regularly gives world premieres and song programmes that go beyond the usual concert repertoire. Simon Bode has also performed with ensembles such as the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Münchner Radio Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Ensemble Modern, Les Talens Lyriques and the Vienna Philharmonic, and worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Andrew Manze, Andrea Marcon, Constantinos Carydis, HK Gruber, Peter Eötvös and Sebastian Weigle.
In 2011 he released his debut CD, featuring songs by Johannes Brahms together with pianist Graham Johnson for Hyperion. In 2018 for Naxos he released a CD of songs by Schumann, recorded with Ulrich Eisenlohr and Stefan Irmer. Additional recordings have been published in cooperation with Oper Frankfurt for OehmsClassics, including Wagner's Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot. EuroArts also released a DVD of Sciarrino's Luci mie traditrici in 2012, a coproduction of Oper Frankfurt and Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano.
Simon Bode kicks off the 2019/2020 season with further recordings of Schumann songs for Naxos with Ulrich Eisenlohr. He celebrated frenetic success as Freddy in the semi-staged New Year's Eve production of My Fair Lady in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester under Alan Gilbert. In February 2020 he will make his US debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen performing Hindemith's Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen and Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. He will embark on a tour in Belgium in the spring to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Le Concert Olympique; another tour with Jordi Savall will take him to Versailles, Barcelona and Paris to perform Bach's St. John Passion. He will also return to give recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Heidelberger Frühling in 2020, and as Jaquino in a concert performance of Fidelio at the Tonhalle Zurich, before appearing at the Salzburg Festival this summer in Lydia Steier's production of The Magic Flute as First Armorer and Second Priest.
Simon Bode has won numerous national and international competitions and has studied with Professor Charlotte Lehmann in Hanover and Neil Semer in New York.
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