Simeon Esper

tenor

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Biography

American tenor Simeon Esper joined the ensemble at Semperoper Dresden in 2010. His repertoire ranges from baroque to modern music and musical theatre, including Comus/ King Arthur, Oronte/ Alcina, Monostatos/ Die Zauberflöte, Don Basilio/ Le nozze di Figaro, Pedrillo/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Jaquino/ Fidelio, Arturo Bucklaw/ Lucia di Lammermoor, Sir Bruno Roberton/ I Puritani, Bardolfo/ Falstaff, Abdallo/ Nabucco, Rodrigo/ Otello, Gastone/ La Traviata, Borsa/ Rigoletto, Il Tinca/ Il Tabarro, Beppe/ I Pagliacci, Dancairo, Remendado/ Carmen, Nathanael/ Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Hylas/ Hélénus/ Les Troyens, Cossé/ Les Huguenots, Grigori/ Boris Godunov, Steuermann/ Der Fliegende Holländer, Froh, Loge/ Das Rheingold, Junger Seemann/ Hirt/ Tristan und Isolde, Walther von der Vogelweide, Heinrich der Schreiber / Tannhäuser, Valzacchi, Haushofmeister/ Der Rosenkavalier, Flamand/ Capriccio, Tanzmeister/ Ariadne auf Naxos, 3.Jude/ Salome, Der Bucklige/ Die Frau ohne Schatten, Junger Mann/ Nackter Jüngling/ Moses und Aron, Sellem/ The Rake's Progress, Hirt/ Oedipe, Schapkin/ Aus einem Totenhaus, Mr Upfold/ Albert Herring, Ein Soldat/ Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Sam Kaplan/ Weill Street Scene, Billy/ Mahagonny Singspiel, Dawson/ Henze We Come to the River, Clifford Bradshaw/ Cabaret and the title role of Schwemmer’s Robin Hood. New roles this season are Vasek in Smetana’s Prodana nevesta and Lovec/ Rusalka.

After obtaining his Master’s degree at the Florida State University, Simeon Esper started his career as an ensemble member with Theater Bielefeld in 2004-2007, followed by two seasons with Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He has appeared as a guest at Saarländisches Staatstheater, Theater Coburg, Oper Halle, Oper Köln, Oper Bonn, Theater an der Wien, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra-Comique, Opéra de Rouen, Bregenzer Festspiele, the Wexford Festival, the Seattle Opera, the Atlanta Opera, the San Diego Opera and the Bellingham Festival of Music. The most recent guest appearances have been as Loge/ Das Rheingold in Coburg and as Boni/ Die Csardasfürstin in Saarbrücken. He returned to Bregenzer Festspiele in 2020 to participate in the world premiere of Lubica Cekovska’s Impresario Dotcom in the role of Tamino. The production will be revived in Bratislava.

In concert Simeon Esper has performed 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, as well as on the CD-recording of Il Tabarro in the role of Il Tinca with Dresdner Philharmonie, under the baton of Marek Janowski.


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