Panthaki’s “superhuman vocal stamina”

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “superhuman vocal stamina”

“Well-known throughout Baroque performance circles, Panthaki showed no fear of the space in the University Chapel, displaying a voice which soared into the Gothic architecture. It takes an unusual singer to fill the Chapel acoustic as a soloist, and especially in the upper registers, Panthaki’s voice was clear all the way to the last pew.

“Panthaki had her superstar moment singing Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine,’ an aria from the composer’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, originally composed for solo alto and trumpet which has been recently heard more in the soprano world. This aria is loaded with long melodic lines, sustained ornaments, and a demand for almost superhuman vocal stamina. Singing from memory, Panthaki had no trouble drawing out the lines with perfect control over the aria and space. Joined by sustained strings and trumpeter Shelby Lewis playing a valveless instrument from the pulpit, Panthaki once again sent vocal sound soaring into the rafters of the Chapel, and the two soloists mesmerized the audience throughout the aria.”

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