Sherezade weaves a tapestry that combines her great love for the music of the baroque with the inspiration she draws from strong female protagonists who love tenderly, fight fiercely, and do not hesitate to retaliate in vengeful wrath. Presented here is the story of Medée, who invokes demons to wreak havoc on the deceitful Jason, in one of the most fiery and dramatic scenes in the French baroque. A collection of arias by Handel, Graupner, and Purcell, featuring reigning heroines Cleopatra, Dido, and Almira, reveals both the dizzying ascents as well as the sunken depths of sensuous love. These are raw, vulnerable, decisive women who take matters into their own hands when the world does not play fair. This program will first be performed at Caramoor in the Music Room next October, with Helicon as the accompanying ensemble. Draft program available upon request. Musicians can be local or brought in along with Sherezade.
Forces: soprano, 2 baroque violins, 1 baroque viola, 1 baroque cello, violone, harpsichord, theorbo
“No one in attendance will forget the radiant, pure singing of Sherezade Panthaki, an Anna Netrebko of baroque music. With a beautiful, clear voice, perfect tuning, and unstoppable virtuosity, she was impressive in everything she sang”
– Edmonton Journal
- About Sherezade Panthaki
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and vividly passionate 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 ongoing collaborations with leading early music interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut. A recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Highlights of past seasons include Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; Bach cantatas and oratorios and works by Handel and Purcell with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie; Oregon Bach Festival; Berkeley Early Music Festival; Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem, with the Washington Bach Consort; and St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms Requiem with St. Thomas Fifth Avenue.
Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque to Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, John Tavener’s The Last Discourse with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with American Classical Orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem with Louisville Choral Arts Society, as well as solos in Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois.