Handel’s ‘Saul’ gets “heroic treatment” by McGegan, Van Doren & Panthaki

Handel’s ‘Saul’ gets “heroic treatment” by McGegan, Van Doren & Panthaki

“Saturday’s performance, which repeats Friday in San Francisco and Saturday in Palo Alto to close Philharmonia’s 38th season, found McGegan and ensemble in top form, powering through the two hour, 50-minute score with brisk, unflagging energy…Robust bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch thundered appropriately, relishing every moments of Saul’s badness, and sopranos Sherezade Panthaki (Michal) and Yulia Van […]

McGegan, Van Doren, and Panthaki in an “expansive” Saul

McGegan, Van Doren, and Panthaki in an “expansive” Saul

“McGegan’s leadership brought out the score’s color and vibrancy. Not even the peevish Saul himself could have begrudged the performers their success…Soprano Sherezade Panthaki brought her trademark clarity and tonal sensuality to the role of Michal…Yulia Van Doren (Merab) and tenor Aaron Sheehan (Jonathan) acquitted themselves handsomel” -Read more at SF Datebook.

…”thrilling surprises” from Sherezade Panthaki

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
…”thrilling surprises” from Sherezade Panthaki

“Soloists added to the work’s thrilling surprises: Soprano Sherezade Panthaki, warm in her lower register before hitting the stratosphere…” — Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

McGegan, Panthaki, and PBO bring “Atalanta” to Caramoor

Posted on Jul 22, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
McGegan, Panthaki, and PBO bring “Atalanta” to Caramoor

“Mr. McGegan is always welcome in New York, his personality and conducting skills double-treats….Mr. McGegan has performed this Handel pastorale several times, even gave it the only recording. He loves it, and he made the audience love it…with equal passion…Then we come to Ms. Panthaki herself…this Atalanta was athletic, rugged, the goddess-hunter, the sister of […]

Panthaki’s “sumptuous, and technically flawless” Bach

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “sumptuous, and technically flawless” Bach

“Sherezade Panthaki’s voice is perfectly suited to Bach. It is lush, sumptuous, and technically flawless…To close out the program, Sherezade Panthaki returned on stage to sing Bach’s Wedding Cantata; and here the vocal agility and lush tone of Sherezade Panthaki created wonders. I can’t imagine hearing a better vocal rendition of this great cantata than […]

Agnew & Panthaki with Music of the Baroque

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Artist News, Paul Agnew, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Agnew & Panthaki with Music of the Baroque

Panthaki’s seamless legato and fervent commitment to words and music in Handel’s “Salve regina,”…had this rarity falling most gracefully on the ear…Agnew’s numerous seasons with MOB, as both tenor soloist in the Bach Passions and, more recently, conductor, presaged the stylish refinement of sound and feeling he achieved on behalf of Pergolesi’s sacred masterpiece. — […]

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

“In each the singers and players were as stylish, precise and expressive as one would expect, given that McGegan is a lively conductor who in 32 years has made the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale one of the finest such groups in the United States…But Panthaki’s contributions excelled even that, eliciting audible sighs of contentment […]

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

“Panthaki was absolutely sensational, singing with sumptuous tone, extraordinarily flexible and apparently effortless coloratura, and impeccable diction…the role of Joseph was elegantly sung by mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, whose burnished low notes resounded darkly while her shimmering high notes shone brightly…conductor Nicholas McGegan led his period-instrument orchestra in a rhythmically pulsating score.” — Read more at […]

SF Chronicle: “Rapturous soprano Panthaki helps Philharmonia’s ‘Joseph’ take flight”

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
SF Chronicle: “Rapturous soprano Panthaki helps Philharmonia’s ‘Joseph’ take flight”

“Panthaki has thankfully become a regular presence in Philharmonia concerts over the past few years, but — as with the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson before her — it becomes increasingly difficult to find words that will adequately convey the multifold splendor of her singing. It is full-bodied and rich in coloration, yet her phrases move […]

Panthaki’s “expert interpretive skills” at BEMF

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “expert interpretive skills” at BEMF

“Sherezade Panthaki, a newcomer for the festival we hope to hear here again soon, sang the aria with a full palette of tonal color and expert interpretive skills. In the da capo repeat of the first theme, Panthaki mined the passion inherent in the aria for all it was worth.” — Read more at Berkshire […]