Simeon Esper


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American tenor Simeon Esper joined the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden in 2011.

His broad repertoire ranges from baroque to modern music and musical theatre including Comus/ Purcell’s King Arthur, Oronte/ Alcina, Mozart roles Monostatos, Don Basilio, Pedrillo, Jaquino/ Fidelio, Arturo Bucklaw/ Lucia di Lammermoor, Sir Bruno Robertson/ I Puritani, Verdi roles Gastone, Borsa, Bardolfo, Rodrigo/ Otello, Beppe/ I Pagliacci, Dancairo and Remendado/ Carmen, Nathanael/ Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Hylas/Hélénus/ Les Troyens, Grigori/ Boris Godunov, Vašek/ Die verkaufte Braut, Wagner roles Steuermann, Froh, Loge, Walther von der Vogelweide, Strauss roles Valzacchi, Flamand, Tanzmeister, Der Bucklige, Sellem/ The Rake's Progress, Hirte/ Oedipe, Shapkin/ Aus einem Totenhaus, Sam Kaplan/ Weill’s Street Scene, Billy/ Mahagonny Songspiel, Dawson/ Henze's We Come to the River, the title role of Schwemmer’s Robin Hood and Clifford Bradshaw/ Cabaret.

New roles in 2018/2019 include Boni/ Die Csardasfürstin at the Saarländisches Staatstheater as well as Cossé/ Les Huguenots, Abdallo/ Nabucco and Ein junger Mann/Ein nackter Jüngling/ Moses und Aron at the Semperoper. Simeon Esper will participate in the CD-recording of Il Tabarro in the role of Tinca with Dresdner Philharmonie, under the baton of Marek Janowski.

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 the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, 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.

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.


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