Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled in equal measure by superbly honed musicianship; a “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and deeply informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, Simon Carrington and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she will make her New York Philharmonic debut in the 2012–13 season in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.
Highlights of her past and current season include Handel Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor and a program of cantatas with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony; featured roles in Handel’s Solomon under Kenneth Montgomery, with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie in Utrecht, and in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Yale Schola Cantorum; the St. Matthew Passion at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie and the Yale Philharmonia; a solo concert of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra; and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and solo cantatas with Mary Greer and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
With her “fresh, youthful sound … with a welcome hint of steel” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Recent engagements have also included Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony and solos in diverse repertoire including Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
Ms. Panthaki was born in India and began her musical education at an early age. Following intensive study and earning top distinction as a young pianist, she turned to singing at the age of 14 and found a more personal and expressive means to connect with audiences. Soon after earning a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Illinois at Champagne Urbana, she was in great demand as a performer, winning several Young Artist awards, and appearing in title roles with the American Opera Theater (Washington D.C.) and the Bloomington Early Music Festival opera (Indiana). In 2011 she graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She has won multiple awards at Yale, including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. She has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project since 2011.
As a frequent guest with the Boston-based La Donna Musicale, Ms. Panthaki has championed works by women composers of the Baroque on recording and in live performance at the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Holland), the Murten Classics Festival (Switzerland), and the Banco de La Republica series (Colombia). Ms. Panthaki is a founding member of the early music vocal quartet Gravitación, with which she has recorded medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works.
December program: Bach’s Mass in B minor