."Israeli born Rinat Shaham makes an outstanding Carmen, svelte and sexy and with a voice that you can imagine good men dying for. Hers is quite a fruity mezzo, with a powerful bottom, but she also uses her instrument with a great deal of imagination and finesse, caressing a phrase here, leaning on a word there. She’s not afraid to make bold interpretive choices too and, of all the cast, manages to successfully project her character without sacrificing the subtleties. A force of nature then, and the appropriately throbbing heart of this production." Clive Paget , Mar 23, 2013 Limelight Magazine



"...standing ovation at curtain call owed its thanks to the last-minute-stand-in Carmen, sung brilliantly by Israeli-born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham.

...Shaham gave us a fiery, multidimensional Carmen, whose tobacco-laden gypsy pride torments the relatively simple and weak Don José. She wants her freedom above all things, and so she rejects the army officer for a matador in pink socks despite her hibernated love for the former. Shaham portrayed this subtle nuance beautifully... "

La Scena Musicale,L.H. Tiffany Hsieh, February 1, 2010

Shaham the whole package: She has all the dramatic vocal timbre, temperamental spark and the tightly coiled energy anyone could wish for".

The Toronto Star, The  Toronto Star John Terauds, Jan 28, 2010



"Shaham embodies a flashing defiance, and can bring rasping fatefulness to her lower range. Yet though strong and earthy when needed, there is nothing rough about the sound, which glows with warmth and sensuality when suitably cosseted".

The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter McCallum, January 17, 2011



"The new Carmen at Glyndebourne, Rinat Shaham, is a sensation. From the moment she slinks downstage, douses her head in the water barrel, and tosses it back in a spray of defiance, she has taken possession of the stage and everyone on it. I've never been one for note-perfect Carmens - this one uses the music like promises and threats, coaxing, cajoling, insinuating, bending the melody, shamelessly exploiting the chesty rasp of her bottom notes. The colour of the voice is just about as dusky as it gets, but it's the way that it is an extension of her body and soul and language - the vernacular - that really grabs you."

The Independent, Edward Seckerson  July 2004





"The rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, making her local debut, was a fascinating Carmen. Shaham fully embodied the character, seamlessly weaving the arias and duets into the dramatic action so that they were not just musical highlights but an integral part of her performance. Vocally Shaham went from strength to strength, with a particularly compelling card song in Act III".

Opera News , George Dansker, March 20, 2009