We’re delighted to welcome Israeli-born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham to the roster for general management. Rinat Shaham has received accolades for her operatic and concert performances throughout the world. A versatile...MORE
“Shaham as Judith, a mezzo-soprano gifted with translucent top notes and an almost unbelievable, even uncanny lower register, was all charm and curiosity in her questions and demands before becoming stubbornly determined.”
Born in Haifa, Rinat Shaham completed her musical studies in the United States at the Curtis Institute of Music. While still a student, she was invited to make her professional operatic debut as Zerlina with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the same role she performed for her debut in New York City and Pittsburgh. Shaham made her European operatic debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Aix en Provence Festival.
• Judith Bluebeard’s Castle – Berlin Philharmonic & Sir Simon Rattle
• Title role Carmen – Opera Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) & Polish National Opera, Warsaw
• Marguerite in Berlioz La Damnation de Faust – Hallé Orchestra – Sir Mark Elder
• Ravel Shéhérezade – St Louis Symphony Orchestra – Stéphane Dèneve
• Maddalena Rigoletto – Bregenzer Festspiele
• Berlioz La Mort de Cléopâtre, Les Nuits d’Eté – Warsaw Philharmonic & Stuttgarter Philharmoniker
Plans this season include her debut as Marguerite in Berlioz La Damnation de Faust under Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé Orchestra; Maddalena in Verdi Rigoletto at the Bregenz Festival; title role in Massenet Cendrillon at Angers Nantes Opera; Ravel Shéhérazade with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève; Judith in Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Karina Canellakis.
Recent engagements have included Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic; the title role of Carmen for Opera Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), Wielki Theater Warsaw, Palm Beach Opera, Greek National Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni new production directed by Krysztof Warlikowski in La Monnaie, Brussels and at Angers Nantes Opera; Preziosilla in La forza del destino at English National Opera; a New Year’s Eve Gala with Christian Thielemann, Lang-Lang and the Staatskapelle Dresden, broadcast across Europe on ZDF TV; Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Israel Philharmonic; Berlioz Les Nuits d’été with Dan Ettinger and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony.
Internationally recognized as one of today’s finest interpreters of Bizet’s Carmen, she first performed the role at the 2004 Glyndebourne Festival. She has since portrayed Carmen in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Baden Baden, Lisbon, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong,Sydney, and the United States.
Equally acclaimed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist, Rinat Shaham has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Mark Elder, William Christie, André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, and David Robertson in works ranging from Bach Magnificat to Stravinsky Les Noces.
She has recorded excerpts from operas by Lully under William Christie for Erato as well as a solo CD of Gershwin and Purcell and another of Benedetto Marcello with The Viol Group “Fuoco e Cenere” on ATMA. She made her feature film debut as the “Jazz Singer” in the István Szábo film, “Taking Sides”, with Harvey Keitel. Her performance as Carmen from the Australian Opera has also been released on DVD.