Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); “a full, luxuriously toned upper range” (The Los Angeles Times), 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 enjoys ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Matthew Halls, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul Agnew, Lawrence Cummings, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. Her recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of the year and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Ms. Panthaki’s current season includes performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a US tour with Bach Collegium Japan, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, The American Classical Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Opera Lafayette, Pasadena and Milwaukee Symphonies, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Chicago Early Music series, and the Portland Bach Festival. A specialist in Baroque repertoire, particularly in the music of J.S. Bach, Ms. Panthaki is equally at home with twentieth century and contemporary repertoire; notable among her recent performances was the premiere of Martin Bresnick’s brand new oratorio
Highlights of her recent 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, Kansas City, Colorado and San Antonio Symphonies; Handel’s Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto; Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Magnificat at the Oregon Bach Festival; a fully staged production of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Brahms’ Requiem with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Morgan Library in New York City; 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, Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, and Bach cantatas with Music of the Baroque; Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Mozart’s Coronation Mass ,and Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra; Brahms’ Requiem, 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 Bach Collegium Japan and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Hasse cantatas with Ars Lyrica Houston, 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. No stranger to modern repertoire, she has performed 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 numerous performances of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
An active and passionate music educator, Ms. Panthaki is frequently called upon to present vocal masterclasses at Universities and Arts Schools across the United States; most recently to students from Houston Grand Opera, Rice University’s Moore School of Music, and the University of Texas School of Music. During her 2016-17 season, she served as the Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music where she gave masterclasses and performances in collaboration with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. 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.
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 with top honors 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.