Simona Šaturová, winner of the Charlotte and Walter Hamel Award for outstanding vocal achievement at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck (2007) and Thalia Award for the best opera performance in 2001, was born in Bratislava. She studied singing at the Bratislava Conservatory with Miloslava Fidlerová and then privately lessons with Soňa Kresáková, Ileana Cotrubaș and Margreet Honig.
Highlights of the recent seasons include Violetta and Gilda in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she is a regular guest since 2010 and has appeared there as Ilia, Sandrina and Servilia, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Frankfurt Opera (formerly also in the roles of Pamina, Oscar or Madama Cortese). She closely collaborates with the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen (Violetta, Adina, Konstanze, Donna Anna) and the Prague National Theatre (Gilda, Konstanze, Pamina, Susanna, etc.). She has also performed in the Theater an der Wien, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Athens Megaron, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Simona Houda-Šaturová is also a successful concert performer in an international context. In 2006 she made her debut at festivals in Salzburg and Lucerne. In the same year she was the soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach at the reopening of the famous Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in 2007 Christoph Eschenbach invited her to tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York. She has appeared in Oslo, Dallas, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Detroit, Tokyo, Osaka, Vienna, Zurich and at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the Prague Spring, Wiener Frühlingsfestival, Festival Internationale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome and the Edinburgh Festival.
The conductors with whom she repeatedly works include Manfred Honeck (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic), Ádám Fischer (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), Jiří Bělohlávek (Czech Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia), Helmuth Rilling (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and Iván Fischer and Christopher Hogwood (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra). She performed on tour with Philippe Herreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, with Christoph Eschenbach and the Academic Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Thomas Quasthoff and Helmuth Rilling, as well as at recitals with Bryn Terfel and Mariusz Kwiecień.
She recorded for Sony (Carmina Burana, Noël), Hänssler Classic (Haydn’s Masses) and Ondine (Mahler’s Second Symphony). In 2009 she released her first solo album on the Orfeo label. She recorded Haydn’s opera arias with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Alessandro De Marchi and in November 2009 was awarded Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine. In the autumn of 2014 she presented her next solo album with arias by Josef Mysliveček and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.