Mezzo-Soprano Noted for her “commanding and dramatic presence” (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum continues to garner recognition in the most demanding of operatic repertoire. In the current season, Ms. Tatum makes her Atlanta Opera debut as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare followed by a recital in Boston, MA with Boston Artists Ensemble. Later in the season, she makes her role debut as Fricka in Das Rheingold with Nashville Opera and continues her long relationship with The Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Rigoletto and in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Tatum’s relationship with The Met spans 10 years and has included nearly 100 performances including Fenena in Nabucco, 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute, and appearing as Waltraute and Flosshilde in Robert LePage’s famed Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Tatum began the 2019-20 season as Flosshilde in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with The National Theater in Taiwan, followed by her role debut as Kundry in Parsifal for Indiana University Opera Theatre. She also returned to The Metropolitan Opera as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, made her role debut as Amneris in Aida with Pensacola Opera, and joined Rochester Philharmonic for Mother of Us All. Scheduled performances in that season and in the 20-21 season included Giulio Cesare and Champion with Boston Lyric Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jacksonville Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Mill City Summer Opera, and productions of Giulio Cesare and The Magic Flute at The Met.
She has recently been heard as Flosshilde and Waltraute in San Francisco Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at The Tanglewood Festival, Francisca in West Side Story at Grand Tetons Music Festival with Donald Runnicles, Jenny in Threepenny Opera for Boston Lyric Opera, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at The Metropolitan Opera with new Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Concert performances included Penderecki’s Credo with Indianapolis Symphony, Durufle’s Requiem with Back Bay Chorale, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with The Cecelia Chorus of NYC. She was also heard in concert with Warren Jones at Manchester Music Festival and in a concert presentation of Das Rheingold with New York Philharmonic. Other recent performances include the role of Gabriele Bertolier for the Romanti Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City and a concert entitled “Opera Italiana Forever Young” for Central Park Summer Concerts.
Previously she was heard as Flosshilde in Gotterdammerung in her return to Houston Grand Opera and at National Taichung Theatre; Olga in Eugene Onegin with Boston Youth Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Pacific Symphony; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Pacific Chorale; Mozart’s Requiem with Omaha Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with San Diego L2 Artists Symphony. Additionally, she has been heard as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Toledo Opera, Flosshilde and Waltraute for Washington National Opera, Flosshilde in Gotterdammerung with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Second Lady in Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera, Third Lady in Magic Flute and Grimgerde in Die Walkure at Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Tatum also joined an international cast in Japan as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, sang in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with The Eastern Music Festival, and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at The Tanglewood Music Festival.
Additional concert appearances include Salome with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Music Director Daniel Stewart and Santa Cruz Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with conductor Daniel Wachs and Orange County Philharmonic Society.