American Tenor Simeon Esper joined the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden in the 2010/11 season. As a soloist there his repertoire includes Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Flamand in Capriccio, Dmitri in Boris Godunov, Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer, ein junger Seemann/Hirt in Tristan und Isolde, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Oronte in Alcina, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Dawson in Henze's We Come to the River, Jaquino in Fidelio and Comus in Purcell's King Arthur. Highlights of the 2017/18 season will include the role of Hylas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens, Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor and the role of Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret. He will also return to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos.
After completing his Master studies at Florida State University, Simeon Esper was engaged with the Theater Bielefeld from 2004 to 2007. He has appeared as a guest at the Operá National de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Operá Comique in Paris, Operá Rouen, Theater an der Wien, Oper Bonn, Wexford Festival, Oper Halle and Oper Köln. In the United States, he has appeared with the Seattle Opera (including covering the role of Loge in Der Ring des Nibelungen), The Atlanta Opera, the Bellingham Festival of Music and the San Diego Opera, where he was recently heard as Bardolfo in Falstaff. In the summer 2017 he made his debut at the Bregenzer Festspiele as Remendado in Carmen.
Simeon Esper has performed in concert Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Catulli Carmina, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2016, he sang the Tenor Solo in the German Premiere of Magreb’s Requiem for Auschwitz in Dresden’s Frauenkirche. He appears on Deutsche Gramophone’s Grammy-nominated recording of Elektra in the role of Junger Diener, conducted by Christian Thielemann.