Soprano SHEREZADE PANTHAKI’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); “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, Panthaki (Michal) has ongoing collaborations with leading early-music interpreters, including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, 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.
Panthaki’s 2018/19 season includes orchestral performances with Detroit Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic (both with conductor Nicholas McGegan) as well as with Minnesota Orchestra with Nicholas Kraemer conducting. She makes returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (including the role of Michal in Handel’s Saul), Music of the Baroque, Ars Lyrica, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Tafelmusik, and debuts with Musica Angelica. Throughout the season, Panthaki tours with the viol consort Parthenia, with stops in Ohio, Houston, and Pennsylvania. Abroad, she performs Handel’s Samson with NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque to works such as 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, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival.
Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.