Soprano Sherezade Panthaki, an acknowledged star in the early-music field, has developed ongoing collaborations with interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki. In the 2012–13 season she makes her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn led by Mr. Suzuki.
Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Highlights from this and past seasons include performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony; Handel and Bach with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony; featured roles in Handel’s Solomon under Kenneth Montgomery, with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie in Utrecht, and in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Yale Schola Cantorum; Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with Simon Carrington; Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Cantata BWV 51 with the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra; the St. Matthew Passion at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie and the Yale Philharmonia; a solo concert of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and solo cantatas with Orchestra of St. Luke’s; and Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms Requiem with John Scott and the Choir and Orchestra of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue. Ms. Panthaki is a founding member of the early music vocal quartet Gravitación, with which she has recorded medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works.
Ms. Panthaki was born in India. She earned a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Illinois. In 2011 she graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She won multiple awards at Yale, including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize. She has served as Vocal Coach for the Yale Baroque Opera Project since 2011.