Soprano Sherezade Panthaki's international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a “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, Ms. Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn.
After Panthaki’s last performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, she was described as “a phenomenon” and praised for the “multifold splendor of her singing” by The San Francisco Chronicle. A 2015 performance with PBO was named one of the “Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015.”
Ms. Panthaki’s 2018-19 season includes orchestral performances with Detroit Symphony (Vivaldi’s Gloria) and Calgary Philharmonic (Bach’s Ascension Oratorio), both with conductor Nicholas McGegan, as well as with Minnesota Orchestra (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio) with Nicholas Kraemer conducting. In addition, she returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, 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.
Past performances of note include Handel's Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Kansas City Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; performances with the Milwaukee, Colorado, and Pasadena Symphonies; Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony; 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 and Music of the Baroque; Oregon Bach Festival; Berkeley Early Music Festival; the role of Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s L’Allegro and the title role of Galatea in the premiere performances of Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions with the late 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; and Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Panthaki was also featured in multiple concerts at Trinity Wall Street’s 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; Mozart's Coronation Mass, Haydn’s L’isola disabitata, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the American Classical Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orlando Philharmonic; Brahms’ Requiem and John Tavener’s The Last Discourse with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys; Mozart’s Requiem with Music of the Baroque; Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem with the Washington Bach Consort; 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 solos in Stravinsky's Les Noces, and Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.
As a frequent guest with the Boston-based La Donna Musicale, Ms. Panthaki has championed works by women composers of the Baroque on recording and in live performance at the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Holland), the Murten Classics Festival (Switzerland), and the Banco de La Republica series (Colombia). Ms. Panthaki is a founding member of the early music vocal quartet Gravitación, with which she has recorded medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works.
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 a Masters degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is the winner of multiple awards at Yale University, including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. 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.