Mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham has received accolades for her operatic and concert performances at the most prestigious theaters throughout the world. Internationally recognized as one of today’s finest interpreters of Bizet’s Carmen, she first performed the role at the 2004 Glyndebourne Festival. Ms. Shaham 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, to name a few.

Shaham’s engagements for the 2015/16 season include Preziosilla in La forza del destino at English National Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Nantes Angers Opera, the title role of Carmen at Palm Beach Opera, and a New Years Eve Gala with Christian Thielemann, Lang-Lang and the Staatskapelle Dresden, broadcast across Europe on ZDF TV. Future engagements include Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, the title role in Carmen at Opera Australia, Greek National Opera, and the Warsaw Philharmonic, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Israel Philharmonic. Upcoming concert performances will include Les Nuits d’été with Dan Ettinger and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony.

In the 2014/2015 season, Shaham sang her first Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at La Monnaie in Brussels, the title role in Carmen at Pittsburgh Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Dresden. In the 2013/14 season, she made her Brazilian stage debut in the title role of Carmen at Teatro Municipal de São Paolo, also performing the role at the Bolshoi, Wiener Staatsoper, Hungarian State Opera Margaret Island Festival, and for her debut at Staatsoper Hamburg.

Born in Haifa, Rinat Shaham completed her musical studies in the United States at the Curtis Institute of Music. While still in school, Shaham 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. She sang the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon in Brussels, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande in Berlin under Michael Gielen, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the National Theatre in Tokyo and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Shaham sang her first Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the New York City Opera and her first Charlotte in Werther in Philadelphia. She also debuted as Dorabella in Jonathan Miller's production of Cosi Fan Tutte at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, conducted by Robert Spano, and subsequently sang the role for her debut in Paris at the Theatre des Champs Elysees and at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Equally acclaimed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist, Rinat Shaham has collaborated with some of the most eminent conductors of our day, including Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, William Christie, and David Robertson. She made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the title role of L'Enfant et les sortilèges under Sir Simon Rattle in 2000 and debuted with the London Symphony in the same work under Andre Previn, a performance that was subsequently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. Shaham made her New York Philharmonic debut in 2001 under Leonard Slatkin singing Jeremiah Symphony, later debuting in Ravinia in the same work with Christoph Eschenbach and with the Israel Philharmonic under David Robertson. She has also performed this work with the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony. Rinat Shaham appeared with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie at the Theatres des Champs Elysees in 2001, later returning to Paris during a tour of various European concert halls, including the Vienna Musikverein and London's Barbican Hall. Shaham has appeared with Simon Rattle in various performances; with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in Ravel’s Shéhérazade; with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Barbican in London, Vienna and Brussels in Haydn's Harmoniemesse; and with the Berlin Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Hadyn’s Harmoniemesse. Under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, Shaham sang Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra de Paris, and she sang Bach’s Magnificat in Dresden. She also appeared with the Israeli Philharmonic in Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

 

Rinat Shaham 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Complete Bio

Israeli born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham has received accolades for her operatic and concert performances throughout the world.  A versatile artists equally at home on both concert and opera stages, Ms. Shaham has collaborated with some of the most eminent conductors of our day including Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Andre Previn, Christoph Eschenbach, Teodor Currentzis , William Christie, David Robertson and many others.  She has been praised in roles including Carmen, Melisande in Pelleas et Melisande and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites, Charlotte in Werther and  the title role of Cendrillon, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte , Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni,and other roles in theaters including the Vienna State opera, Berlin State Opera, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Salzburg Easter Festival,  Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Palau de Reina Sofia Valencia, La Monnaie of Brussels,  Stuttgart Opera, Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera and at the Glyndebourne Festival, among others. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, her Paris debut as Dorabella in Cosi Fan tutte at the Theatre des Champs Elysees.

 

 

This past  season  Ms Shaham sang her first Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Brussels in a new production at La Monnaie. She later made her debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden in concerts singing Rossini Stabat Mater under Maestro Chung, and after a series of concerts she returned to Pittsburgh opera in the tittle role of Carmen, and them made her debut at the Berlin Deutsche Oper, as Carmen.

This season, Ms Shaham is performing a series of concerts in Valencia, Spain  featuring their "Una Noche en Broadway" program with the ZingerQuintet ensemble at the Palau de la musica, and also reprised her role as Preziosilla in her Debut for the English National Opera in London . For a special New Year's Eve concert, she appeared as a soloist under Maestro Thielemann in Dresden with the Staatskapelle dresden which was transmitted life on ZDF.  Later she made appearances as Carmen for  Palm beach Opera. Nantes and Angers in France  see her Donna Elvira in a new Don Giovanni production by Caurier and Leiser .  Later this year the artist will perform a recital with  the guitarist Nadav Lev in Richmond VA, and is also scheduled to record a CD with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, before returning for a concert with Fuoco e cenere and more performances of Donna Elvira in France . Later appearances are as Carmen in the summer (to be announced), future  orchestral concerts of Beethoven 9 , Les Nuit d'Ete (Berlioz), and a role debut as Judith in Bluebeard's castle (Bartok).

In  the 13/14 season   Rinat made her Viennese debut as Carmen with the prestigious Vienna State Opera, following by a few concert with the guitarist Nadav Lev in  New York City.

Later on Rinat made her theatrical debut in Hamburg, acting and singing in the new play by Simon Stephens "Carmen disruption" at the Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg, and  while there, she has  also sung   the role of  Carmen at the Hamburg State Opera. Later the artist repeated  the role of Carmen in her  Brazilian debut in Sao Paulo, and also both in Hungary (Margaret Island festival) and in Russia (Bolshoi, Moscow).


 

12/13 opened with a concert of Musical Theater which  was presented in Valencia,Spain with the Opera Festival of Benicassim, later making a debut singing the alto part in Mahler's 3rd Symphony with the San Carlo Orchestra in Naples. In November the artist made her  Japanese Carmen debut, Her Moscow debut at the Bolshoi theater, and later on "Handa Opera on the Harbour" in Sydney presented Shaham's popular Carmen in an outdoor event which was filmed for cinema and DVD. For her very first Verdi debut, Rinat sang  the role of Preziosilla in "La Forza del Destino" in Sydney, following with a set of concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra of Berio's Folk songs.

 

In the 2011/2012 season, Shaham performed the title role in Carmen with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, in Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Italy,  and with the Hong Kong Opera. After she appeared  in Brussels La Monnaie as Cendrillion, Rinat sang the Mozart Requiem in Milan with Orchestra La Verdi, and  continued on to perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Later the artist made her Russian debut in a season finale at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St Petersburg, singing Carmen.

 


In the 2010/2011 season, she debuted as Carmen with the Australian Opera in Sydney and also appeared in the role in Padova and at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon.  Also during the 2010/2011, season Rinat Shaham made her debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival singing Ravel’s Sheherezade as well as appearing in  Stefan Herheim's Salome production, and sang in concert with the Bamberg Symphony singing Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete.

 

Born in Haifa, Rinat Shaham completed her musical studies in the United States at the Curtis Instute of Music.  While still a student she was invited to make her professional operatic debut as Zerlina with the Opera Company of Philadelphia.  She has since returned to Philadelphia as Charlotte in Werther and as Cherubino, a role she has also sung for the Vancouver Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Pacific and at the New York City Opera.  In 2004 she made a spectacular debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in the title role of Carmen and received the highest of praise from the British musical Press.  Shaham subsequently made her Covent Garden debut in 2006 as Cherubino in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Antonio Pappano and staged by David McVicar.  She was also heard in this role at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim. Shaham made her debut in Berlin as Melisande in the revival of Pelléas et Mélisande under Michael Gielen and subsequently returned as Dorabella under Simone Young and Dan Ettinger.  Shaham made her debut in Tokyo in 2005 singing her first Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  Shaham made her New York City Opera and Pittsburgh Opera debuts as Zerlina. She sang her first performances of Dorabella in Jonathan Miller's production of Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the spring of 2004, and then in the autumn of that year added to her repertoire the role of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites.  Her European operatic debut was as Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.  Shaham returned to the Glyndebourne Festival in 2007 as Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte.  In the 2007/2008 season she sang Carmen for her debut in Stuttgart and in New Zealand,  returned to Florida Grand Opera as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, and made her debut with the Opera de Valencia as Cherubino in a new production Le nozze di Figaro.  Shaham subsequently debuted at the Teatro La Fenice as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

 


Equally acclaimed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist Rinat Shaham made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the title role of L'enfant et les sortilèges under Sir Simon Rattle in 2000.  Her debut with the London Symphony was in the same work under Andre Previn, which was subsequently recorded for Deutsch Grammophon.  The artist made her New York Philharmonic Debut in 2001 under Leonard Slatkin singing Jeremiah Symphony and debuted in the same work in Ravinia with Christoph Eschenbach and with the Israel Philharmonic under David Robertson as well as with the Seattle Symphony (mo. Schwarz), Lucern Philharmonic (Mo. Axelrod) She has also performed this work with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the Israeli Philharmonic (Mo. Robertson).  Rinat Shaham appeared with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie in at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris in 2001 and returned to Paris for further concerts and a tour through Europe to concert halls which included the Vienna Musikverein and London's Barbican Hall.  The same year Ms. Shaham appeared in Birmingham in De Falla's Psyche and a world premiere of Boots of Lead a new work by Simon Holt both conducted by Simon Rattle.  The latter was also recorded by the BBC for release by NMC Recordings in 2004.  In 2003 Rinat Shaham appeared with Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment at the Barbican in London in Haydn's Harmonie Messe, repeating the program in Vienna and Brussels.  In June of 2005 Shaham debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle in Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Hadyn’s Harmonie Messe. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, with Rattle, in Ravel’s Sheherezade in 2004. Ms. Shaham later returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra and appeared with the Orchestra de Paris for Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.  She debuted in Dresden in Bach’s Magnificat,  under Maestro Eschenbach. Other concert work includes Sheherezade under Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Easter Festival, Rossini Stabat Mater (Under Fisch) with the Israeli Philharmonic, Berlioz Les Nuit d'Ete (under Mo.Pintcher with the Bamberg symphony), Mozart Requiem and Mahler 3rd (under Mo .Axelrod with Orchestra La Verdi Milano and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo, Naples),as well as De Falla's El Amor Brujo (Lucern Philharmonic under Mo. Axelrod), De Falla's Folk Songs with the San Francisco Symphony,   and Berio Folk Songs (under Mo. Letonja with Orchestra Victoria Melbourne and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australia).

 

The Carmen experience

In 2004 Rinat Shaham sang the title role in Bizet’s Carmen for her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival. Since her triumphant reception in the role, she has appeared as Carmen (some production with repeat runs) for  her Italian stage at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma,also she sang the role in Rovigo, Bassano and Padova, in Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania,  in  Austin Opera, Minnesota Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Candian Opera Company Toronto, Vancouver Opera, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Palm beach Opera,  New York City Opera, (And also as a cover of the role for the Metropolitan opera), New Orleans Opera ,Pittsburgh Opera, Philadelphia Opera Company, Southern opera New Zealand, Opera Australia Sydney, Baden Baden Festival,Opera Koeln, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin ,  Hamburg Staatsoper, Stuttgart Opera,  in Munich with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra,  with The New Israeli Opera,  in Athens with the Greek National opera in the Odeon of herodes atticus,  Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Opera Hong Kong, in Korea with the Daegu international opera festival ,  St. Petersburg's Mikhailovski Theater, The Bolshoi theater, Moscow, at the Vienna Staastoper, in Saõ Paulo Brazil, in Poland with The Warsaw philharmonic, With the Seville Real orcquestra,   and  in Japan on a multi- city tour, as well as in 4 giant outdoor performances (Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv,  "Opera in the domain", Sydney, and on Margaret Island, Budapest), and in the mega- production of Handa Opera on the Sydney Harbour (out on DVD and Blue ray).

Based on Ms Shaham's extensive experience as Carmen, a theater play  by the proclaimed  playwrite Simon Stephens was written in 2014- "Carmen Disruption", where Ms. Shaham made her theatrical debut playing "The opera singer"  ( Schauspielhaus  Hamburg, March 2014).


Competitions , recordings and DVD's
A winner of numerous vocal competitions, Shaham had the privilege to work closely with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.  She was subsequently invited to participate in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall and in 2001 she was presented by the Foundation in several recitals in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the very beginning of her studies in the United States,  the artist was generously supported by the America Israel Cultural Foundation.


Rinat Shaham has recorded excerpts from operas by Lully under William Christie for Erato, as well as "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" under Andre Previn for Deutsche Grammophon.  Rinat  also recorded  a solo CD of Gershwin and Purcell with The Viol Group "Fuoco e Cenere" on ATMA as well as a CD with the same group singing "Psalms of David" by Benedetto Marcello. She made her feature film debut as the "Jazz Singer" with Harvey Keitel in the Isztvan Szabo film, "Taking Sides".The artist can be seen on commercial DVD recordings as Cherubino in the Royal Opera House "Le Nozze di Figaro", and as Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" from Teatro La Fenice, as well as Carmen on a DVD by  Opera Australia.