Rinat Shaham is a glowing new presence on the vocal scene, an artist at home in a multitude of genres. Following a 1994 debut as Zerlina, Miss Shaham has been heard as Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro) and Idamante (Idomeneo) and has performed in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Rossini's Viaggio a Reims. A gala performance designed by Hanlig; Mori and conducted by Seiji Ozawa marked her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Miss Shaham has appeared in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, with the Minnesota Orchestra and Eiji Oue and has recorded this work with Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In October 2000 she was chosen by maestro Kurt Masur to interpret Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the New York Philharmonic. Miss Shaham was chosen to incarnate the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the inaugural season of the Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence. Recitals as emissary of the Marylin Horne Foundation as well as performances of baroque masters with Fuoco e Cenere have been heard from coast to coast in the United States as well as Italy and France. This year Miss Shaham will add two major roles to her repertoire Charlotte in Massenet's Werther at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and Bizet's fiery heroine Carmen.