Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald) and passionately 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 strong collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Matthew Halls, Nicholas Kraemer, Laurence Cummings, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut. Her recent Handel performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was named one of San Francisco’s Top 10 Classical Music Events of the Year and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Ms. Panthaki’s recent seasons include oratorio and opera performances with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach Collegium Japan; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; the Oregon Bach Festival; the Mark Morris Dance Group; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra; Houston, Colorado, and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras; The American Classical Orchestra; New York Baroque Incorporated; and Opera Lafayette. Ms. Panthaki is an invited guest artist with the most accomplished early music ensembles in New York City, and has been featured as a guest soprano soloist in multiple performances in Trinity Wall Street’s live-streamed “Bach at One Cantatas” series. Her demanding 2017 schedule includes Vivaldi performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, a US tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Lincoln Center with the American Classical Orchestra, her debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in a program of Vivaldi opera arias, a fully staged performance of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mozart’s Grand Mass in c minor at the Spoleto Festival, Brahms Requiem with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the US, and numerous performances of Bach and Handel oratorios.
Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki began her musical education at an early age. Following intensive study and earning top distinction as a young pianist, she turned to singing and found a more personal and expressive means to connect with audiences. She holds an Artist Diploma with top honors from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; she earned a Masters degree from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. An active and passionate music educator, she is frequently called upon to present vocal masterclasses at Universities and Arts Schools across the United States, including being the 2016 Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music. Ms. Panthaki has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and currently teaches voice lessons to selected scholarship winners of the top undergraduate and graduate choral ensembles at Yale University. For more information and current performance schedules, please visit www.sherezadepanthaki.com