About this Artist
Noted for her “commanding and dramatic presence” (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum continues to garner recognition in the most demanding operatic repertoire. In the current season, Tatum makes her Atlanta Opera debut as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, followed by performances as Margret in Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. Later in the season, she makes her role debut as Fricka in Das Rheingold with Nashville Opera and continues her 10-year relationship with The Metropolitan Opera in Ariadne auf Naxos and in their new production of Rigoletto. Tatum’s relationship with The Met has included nearly 100 performances, including Fenena in Nabucco, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Waltraute and Flosshilde in Robert LePage’s famed Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Tatum began the 2019/20 season as Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung with The National Theater in Taiwan, followed by her role debut as Kundry in Parsifal for Indiana University Opera Theatre. She also made her role debut as Amneris in Aida with Pensacola Opera and joined the Rochester Philharmonic for Mother of Us All. Scheduled performances through the 2020/21 season included Giulio Cesare and Champion with Boston Lyric Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jacksonville Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Mill City Summer Opera, and Giulio Cesare at The Met.
She has recently been heard as Flosshilde and Waltraute in San Francisco Opera’s Ring, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at The Tanglewood Festival, Francisca in West Side Story at Grand Tetons Music Festival with Donald Runnicles, Jenny in The Threepenny Opera for Boston Lyric Opera, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at The Met with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Concert performances included Penderecki’s Credo with Indianapolis Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem with Back Bay Chorale, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with The Cecelia Chorus of NYC. She was also heard in concert with Warren Jones at Manchester Music Festival and in a concert presentation of Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic. Other recent performances include the role of Gabriele Bertolier for the Romantic Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City and a concert entitled “Opera Italiana Forever Young” for Central Park Summer Concerts.
Previously, she was heard as Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung in her return to Houston Grand Opera and at National Taichung Theatre, Olga in Eugene Onegin with Boston Youth Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Pacific Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem with the Omaha Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Diego Symphony. Additionally, she has been heard as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Toledo Opera, Flosshilde and Waltraute for Washington National Opera, Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Second Lady in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute at The Met, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute and Grimgerde in Die Walküre at Houston Grand Opera. Tatum also joined an international cast in Japan as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, sang in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with The Eastern Music Festival, and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
Additional concert appearances include Salome with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Music Director Daniel Stewart and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with conductor Daniel Wachs and the Orange County Philharmonic Society.