Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); a vocal color “combining brilliance with a dark, plumlike tone” (The Wall Street Journal), 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, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.
Panthaki’s recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was named one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015 and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Ms. Panthaki’s 2016-17 season includes performances with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; the Oregon Bach Festival; the Mark Morris Dance Group; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; The Kansas City, Colorado, Pasadena, and Milwaukee Symphonies; The American Classical Orchestra; New York Baroque Incorporated; The 4×4 Baroque Music Festival; and Opera Lafayette. She will also serve as Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music where she will give masterclasses and performances in collaboration with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Highlights of her past seasons include Handel’s Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, National Arts Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; Handel’s Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto; Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Morgan Library; Bach cantatas and oratorios and works by Handel and Purcell with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; the role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s L’allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and the title role of Galatea in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s premiere performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea; Mozart’s Requiem and Bach cantatas with Music of the Baroque; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra; Brahms’ Requiem and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion with John Scott and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys; Handel’s Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie (Holland); Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie and the Yale Philharmonia; Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem with the Washington Bach Consort. 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 soloist in multiple performances in Trinity Wall Street’s live-streamed “Bach at One Cantatas” series in New York City.
With her “fresh, youthful sound … with a welcome hint of steel” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Recent engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, John Tavener’s The Last Discourse with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem with the Louisville Choral Arts Society, as well as performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
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 from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she was the winner of multiple awards including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. 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. Ms. Panthaki has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and currently teaches voice lessons to scholarship winners of the top undergraduate and graduate choral ensembles at Yale University.