Simona Saturová

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.
Besides her numerous appearances at the National Theatre Prague, the soprano singer has also performed on the stages of the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, the Opéra de Monte Carlo and the Megaron in Athens. She is a popular guest performer at the Frankfurt Opera where she has sung in revivals of Rossini's Il Viaggio à Reims and Verdi's A Masked Ball and most recently was heard as a wonderful Lucia di Lammermoor. She appeared as Ilia (Idomeneo) at the beginning of 2010 in the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels as a sudden stand-in and was invited once again in the spring of 2011 as a guest in the role of Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera) with Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann. Other projects are forthcoming in Brussels, such as the first Violetta in La Traviata. In the National Theatre Prague's current season she sang the lead role in Bohuslav Martin􀀀's opera Ariane and also played Konstanze in the new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, both under the baton of Tomas Netopil. Her repertoire furthermore includes the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).
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 in New York's Carnegie Hall. She has also appeared as a guest performer in Detroit, Toronto, Istanbul, Osaka, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Caracas, the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra Roma, the Vienna Spring Festival or the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Conductors with whom the soprano singer has worked include Philippe Herreweghe, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Sylvain Cambreling, Helmuth Rilling, Ji􀀀í B􀀀lohlávek, Serge Baudo, Manfred Honeck, John Fiore, Martin Haselböck, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer and Christopher Hogwood. 

Simona Šaturová by no means allows herself to be restricted to a specific area of repertoire. Besides Bach and Handel she also sings Verdi, Beethoven and Mahler. She has an exceptional relationship to Mozart's music: "His music has always been with me. His Mass in C minor has been an especially important work for me. I have already sung it more than 50 times all over the world." In January 2009 she performed her favourite piece of music in the Sistine Chapel as a guest of Pope Benedict. In 2011 she sang this work at the Rheingau Music Festival and in the Basilica of Ottobeuren together with Rolf Beck. Gustav Mahler's symphonies were the centre of attention in the 10/11 season. Christoph Eschenbach invited Simona to participate in the 8th Symphony of a Thousand in honour of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death (Prague, Hamburg, Hanover) and she performed with him again in the 2nd Symphony in Granada.
And in the 2011/12 season she will be singing the Mass in C minor with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under the direction of conductor Masaaki Suzuki in Berlin and with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. Her next concert productions will lead her to Niedersächsische Musiktage and Bucharest with Haydn's Seasons (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Adam Fischer), to Tokyo with Dvo􀀀ák's Stabat Mater (Jakub Hr􀀀ša), to Prague with Brahms A German Requiem, to Nantes and Angers with Mendelssohn's Lobgesang (Rolf Beck) and to Bamberg with Szymanowski's Stabat Mater. In the area of opera we can enjoy her with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Jaap van Zweden, where she will perform a concert version of Beethoven's opera Fidelio as Marzelline. She also was on tour with a program of opera arias with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under the direction of Alfred Eschwé. 

She has also featured on CD recordings for the Supraphon, hänssler classic and Classico labels and for Carus Verlag and Sony/BMG. In June 2009 the Orfeo label released her first solo recording with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the title 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 new recording for Orfeo, virtuoso Italian belcanto arias under Eiving Gullberg Jensen, is due to be published end of 2011. 

In August 2007 the artist was awarded the "Förderpreis der Walter und Charlotte Hamel-Stiftung" (Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation prize) at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.