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Rinat Shaham (Hebrew: רינת שחם) is an Israeli born mezzo-soprano who has received numerous accolades for her international operatic, concert and recital performances.
Shaham was born in Haifa, Israel; to a musical family. She developed an interest in theatre after attending an arts school. Shaham completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.
Rinat Shaham has sung leading roles with the New York City Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opera Australia , The Royal Opera House and many more.
Shaham has performed as soloist with symphony orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra among others. She has performed with some of the most eminent conductors of today, including Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, André Previn, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Daniel Barenboim, Simone Young, Antonio Pappano, William Christie, David Robertson, Dan Ettinger, Christian Thielemann, and Eiji Oue.
Rinat Shaham's many roles include the title role in Bizet's Carmen, a role for which she is most famous and has sung internationally hundreds of performances, Charlotte in Massenet's Werther, Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Candrillon (by Massenet ), Ottavia in the coronation of Poppea, and Judit (Bluebeard's castle).