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, Andre Previn, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, William Christie, Daniel Barenboim and many others.
She has been praised in roles including the title role in Carmen, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites at the Berlin State Opera, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Palau de Reina Sofia, Valencia , Stuttgart Opera , L’Opera de Montreal, New York City Opera and at the Glyndebourne Festival. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and has sung this role many times in both North America and Europe.
In 2004 Rinat Shaham sang her first performances of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen for her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival. She has since been invited to sing the role internationally. Most recently she has been heard performing the work for the Vancouver Opera, New Orleans Opera and the New Israeli Opera. During the 2009-2010 season Rinat Shaham will be heard in the role at Oper Köln, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Baden Baden Festpiele and for her return to the Berlin Staatsoper. Additionally this season Ms Shaham will appear in concert with Maestro Jean-Christoph Spinosi in Birmingham and Japan. Other recent engagements have included her Paris stage debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Théatre des Champs-Elysée, Carmen for her debut in Stuttgart and in New Zealand. She returned to Florida Grand Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and made her debut with the Opera de Valencia as Cherubino in a new production Le nozze di Figaro. She debuted at the Teatro La Fenice as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Shaham 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, also under Maestro Eschenbach.
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 Così 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. Since her triumphant reception as Carmen in Glyndebourne, Shaham has repeated the role for the Minnesota Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera and for her Italian stage debut in 2006 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. 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 Così fan tutte.
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. She has also performed this work with the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony. Rinat Shaham appeared with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie in at the Théatre des Champs-Elysée 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.
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.
Rinat Shaham has recorded excerpts from operas by Lully under William Christie for Erato and a solo CD of Gershwin and Purcell with TheViol Group “Fuoco e Cenere” on ATMA. She made her feature film debut as the “Jazz Singer” with Harvey Keitel in the Isztvan Szabo film, “Taking Sides”.