Cameron Shahbazi

Countertenor

Biography

Rising countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is one of the most promising young voices of the opera world today and is celebrated for his “full, voluminous” voice and “personal and beautiful” timbre and praised for his acclaimed interpretations of both baroque and contemporary music (De Trouw). The 2022/23 season marks exciting projects for Cameron Shahbazi. In Amsterdam […]

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Full Biography

Rising countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is one of the most promising young voices of the opera world today and is celebrated for his “full, voluminous” voice and “personal and beautiful” timbre and praised for his acclaimed interpretations of both baroque and contemporary music (De Trouw).

The 2022/23 season marks exciting projects for Cameron Shahbazi. In Amsterdam Shahbazi sings his signature role Tolomeo at Dutch National Opera in a new production of Giulio Cesare. A sought-after concert performer, the Shahbazi starts his season with concerts at Carmina Burana with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He further presents a concert of Stabat Mater in Versailles and performs George Benjamin’s acclaimed concert piece Dream of the song for countertenor and female chorus with Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne.

Highlights of the past seasons included his debut at Oper Frankfurt as Oberon in a new production of Midsummer Night’s Dream and his involvement at Internationale Handel-Festspiele Karlsruhe where he took on the title role in Tolomeo, re d’Egitto in a production by Benjamin Lazar. Shahbazi gave his Russian debut as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with the Moscow Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Moulds.

In 2020, Shahbazi returned to Oper Köln for a worldwide digital streaming of Written on Skin, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, where he took on the role of The Boy/Angel 1 to critical acclaim. Also, in Cologne the countertenor sang Guildenstern in a new production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, conducted by Duncan Ward. He has enjoyed performing diverse repertoire in recital and has been a frequent guest of the Dutch National Opera’s afternoon series, performing alongside pianists Jeff Cohen and Daan Boertien, and the Baroque & Beyond Chamber Orchestra. Shahbazi was named an associate artist at the Dutch National Opera Studio where he further created the role of Sergey Diaghilev in Willem Jeth’s new opera Ritratto, which was one of the Guardian’s picks of opera and classical concerts to watch during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

Other past performances include the role of Disinganno in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno at Theater Aachen, and the title role in Cavalli’s Il Giasone for Opera NEO. He opened the 2021/22 season with open air concerts of Handel arias and duets with the Nederlands Kamerorkest in Amsterdam and Bloemendaal. Further notable recitals were given at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and with pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht.

Cameron Shahbazi has been awarded with several international honours including the Sylva Gelber Award (2021), the Walter Prsytawski Prize (2021) and the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Award (2019). In 2019, he was a finalist at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. He was awarded the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Prize at the 2018 International Belvedere Competition, won the 2nd Prize at the 2018 Innsbrucker Baroque Competition, and top prizes at the 2017 Opéra Avignon Jeunes Espoirs Competition.

Hamilton-born, Shahbazi is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and a grateful grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and Staetshuys Fonds.

 

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Cameron Shahbazi: Premiere of Giulio Cesare at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam

Countertenor Cameron Shahbazi sings the role of Tolomeo, the King of Egypt, in the new production of Händel’s opera Giulio Cesare at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.
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Cameron Shahbazi: Benefit concert at Oper Frankfurt for human rights in Iran

Canadian-Iranian countertenor Cameron Shahbazi in collaboration with Oper Frankfurt & Opera for Peace presents a benefit concert called Woman.Life.Freedom to show solidarity with protesters in Iran. Along with Cameron Shahbazi, participating artists include harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, sopranos Kristine Opolais, Lilian Farahani, Ambur Braid and Giulia Semenzato, cellist Kian Soltani, percussionist Naghib Shanbehzadeh, pianists Jeff Cohen and Sophia Muñoz, stage director Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau and more. The event will be attended by Bürgermeisterin (deputy mayor) of Frankfurt am Main Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg. This special one-night only concert will raise funds and awareness in support of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC).
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Carmina Burana at Konserthuset Stockholm

Rising countertenor Cameron Shahbazi starts his season with concerts at Carmina Burana with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, conducted by Ryan Bancroft. The concerts take place on September 15 and 17, 2022 at the Konserthuset Stockholm.
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