Simona Šaturová was born in Bratislava (Slovakia). She was only five when she was given her first violin lesson. She studied singing at the Bratislava Conservatory and attended various master classes, most notably with the Romanian soprano singer Ileana Cortrubas and Margreet Honig.
She was awarded the “Thalia Prize” for the best vocal performance of the year 2001 as Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and the “Förderpreis der Walter und Charlotte Hamel-Stiftung” (Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation prize) at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in August 2007.
Besides her numerous appearances at the National Theatre Prague (Gilda, Konstanze, Pamina, Susanna,..) and State Opera (Adele, Rosina), the soprano singer has also performed on the stages of the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Opéra de Monte Carlo and the Megaron in Athens. She is a popular guest performer at the Théâtre de la Monnaie (Ilia, Sandrina) in Brussels and the Oper Frankfurt (Lucia, Madama Cortese, Pamina, Oscar).
Simona Šaturová has also earned an international reputation as a concert and oratorio singer. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, and in the same year sang the soprano part in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach on the occasion of the reopening of the famous Salle Pleyel in Paris. As a result of her spectacular performance, the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately invited her to appear at concerts in Philadelphia and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The live recording of these concerts was released by Ondine in February 2009 and in May featured on the Quarterly Critics’ Choice (“Bestenliste”) of the German Record Critics.
Other recent engagements of importance, besides Elias Tour with Thomas Quasthoff include Mega-concert of „Symphony of a Thousand“ in occassion of hundredth anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, performed in front of 17 thousand listeners in Prague, Hamburg and Hannover in May 2011.
Conductors with whom the soprano singer has worked include Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Leopold Hager, Helmuth Rilling, Sylvain Cambreling, Gennadij Rožděstvenskij, Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Netopil, John Fiore, Rolf Beck nebo Martin Haselböck and others.
In June 2009 the label Orfeo released her first solo recording „Haydn Arias“.
„She demonstrates her prowess with Haydn’s allegedly simple melodies: The listener hears a crystal clear and consistently expressive voice with a fine dynamic range, even when singing coloraturas and high notes.” (Der Kulturspiegel 7/2009). This CD was labelled “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine.
Her latest recording „Gloria” includes Advent and Christmas music including outstanding Tarquinio Merula’s Virgin’s Lullaby framed by Zbyněk Matějů composition Ad Te Domine.
In the Christmas concert she will sing a selection of cantatas and operatic repertoire. As a guest for the duets she invited the successful Slovak baritone Paul Remenár. The festive atmosphere will be supported by the Lúčnica chorus and the very best orchestra in Slovakia, the internationaly acclaimed Slovak Philharmonic, conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink.
Guest: Paul Remenár, baritone
The baritone Paul Remenár graduated on Bratislava Faculty of Education, Comenius University, where he was a member and soloist of the choir “Comenius”. In 1996 he won the singing competition of M. Schneider-Trnavský. In 1999 he was finalist in the Lucia Popp singing competition. The vocal studies he absolved at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with the Professor Vlasta Hudecová.
Since September 2000, he is soloist of the Slovak National Theatre, where he sung already a lot of title an important roles: Don Giovanni (Mozart), Belcore, L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Eugene Onegin (P. I. Tchaikovsky). He portrayed these characters with a unique acting and musical expressive persuasiveness along the lines of the modern opera theater. He sung also the Count in The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), the title role in the opera Martin and the Sun (Frešo), Harlequin in Ariadne on Naxos (R. Strauss) and Papageno in The Magic Flute (Mozart).
Pavol Remenár, baritone
Chorister: Elena Matušová
The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink
9. 12. 2015 at 7.30 p.m.
Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava
MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER (1643 – 1704)
to Te Deum in D major (orchestra)
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL (1685 – 1759)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
air from the oratorio Messiah, part I., HWV 56 (S. Šaturová, orchestra)
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)
Gloria in excelsis Deo
choir from the oratorio Gloria (choir, orchestra)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
air from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K.V. 339 (S. Šaturová, choir, orchestra)
GEORGES BIZET (1838 – 1875)
intermezzo, Carmen, act 3 (orchestra)
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)
Ô sainte médaille…Avant de quitter ces lieux
Valentin’s aria, Faust, act 2 (P. Remenár, orchestra)
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)
Je veux vivre
Juliette’s waltz song, Romeo et Juliette, act 1 (S. Šaturová, orchestra)
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813 – 1901)
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Nabucco, act 3 (choir, orchestra)
GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797 – 1848)
Pronta io son…Mi volete fiera?
duet Norina & Malatesta, Don Pasquale, act 1
(S. Šaturová, P. Remenár, orchestra)
i n t e r v a l
GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792 – 1868)
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA – The Barber of Seville
Largo al factotum
Figaro’s aria, act 1 (P. Remenár, orchestra)
Ah se è ver…L´innocenza di Lindoro
Rosina’s aria, act 2 (S. Šaturová, orchestra)
Dunque io son
duet Rosina & Figaro, act 2, (S. Šaturová, P. Remenár, orchestra)
PIOTR ILJIČ ČAJKOVSKIJ (1840 – 1893)
Waltz of the Flowers
from The Nutcracker (orchestra)
ADOLPH ADAM (1803 – 1856)
O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël)
Christmas carol to the French poem Minuit, Chrétiens (P. Remenár, choir, orchestra)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750) / CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893)
traditional Catholic prayer to Bach’s Prelude C major (S. Šaturová, choir a cappella)
JOHN FRANCIS WADE (1711 – 1786)
latin Christmas hymn (S. Šaturová, P. Remenár, choir, orchestra)
Simona Šaturová – Rigoletto
Simona Šaturová – Mozart & Mysliveček