Israeli born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham is internationally recognized as one of today’s finest interpreters of Bizet’s Carmen, she first performed the role at the 2004 Glyndebourne Festival. She has since portrayed Carmen in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Baden Baden, Lisbon, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, and the United States. Born in Haifa, Rinat Shaham completed her musical studies in the United States at the Curtis Institute of Music. While still in school, Shaham was invited to make her professional operatic debut as Zerlina with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the same role she performed for her debut in New York City and Pittsburgh. Shaham made her European operatic debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Aix en Provence Festival. She sang the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon in Brussels, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande in Berlin under Michael Gielen, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the National Theatre in Tokyo and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Equally acclaimed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist, Rinat Shaham has collaborated with some of the most eminent conductors of our day, including Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, William Christie, and David Robertson. Rinat Shaham has recorded excerpts from operas by Lully under William Christie for Erato as well as a solo CD of Gershwin and Purcell. She made her feature film debut as the 'Jazz Singer' in the István Szabó film, 'Taking Sides', with Harvey Keitel. Her performance as Carmen from the Australian Opera has also been released on DVD.