On Singing Handel with Sherezade Panthaki

November 20, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Portrait of Sherezade Panthaki in black and blue gown, organza wrap over shoulders, dark forest setting
Sherezade Panthaki (Photo: David Fung)

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki, a star in the early-music field, is Oliver’s guest this week. Acclaimed for her sumptuous tone and flawless technique, Panthaki enjoys ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, Nicholas Kraemer, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki. The soprano soloist for Music of the Baroque’s upcoming A Thanksgiving Messiah, she joins Oliver to talk about the challenges and pleasures of singing Handel.


All selections from oratorios by George Frideric Handel featuring soprano Sherezade Panthaki.

Saul, HWV 53 (1739)
Act I, “Fell Rage and black Despair” (Michal)
Act II, “O fairest of ten thousand far” (Michal and David)
with Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
(Live recording)
Philharmonia Baroque Productions Digital Release

Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 (1739)
Part III, “Thou shalt bring them in”
Trinity Wall Street
Julian Wachner, conductor
Musica Omnia MO-0404

Joseph and His Brethren, HWV 59 (1744)
Part I, “O lovely youth” (Asenath)
Part III, “Prophetic raptures swell my breast” (Asenath)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Philharmonia Baroque Productions PBP-11