Noted for her "commanding and dramatic presence" (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum opens the 2014-15 season with a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Second Lady in Julie Taymor's production of Die Zauberflöte led by Ádám Fischer. She also returns to Houston Grand Opera both as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Robert Spano and as Grimgerde in a new production of Die Walküre conducted by Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
Last season, the California native made her Houston Grand Opera debut as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold led by Patrick Summers, and made role debuts as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Chautauqua Opera and as Rosina in Il baribiere di Siviglia with Opera Las Vegas. Concert appearances included Salome with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with Music Director Daniel Stewart and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with conductor Daniel Wachs and the Orange County Philharmonic Society.
A recent alumna of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Miss Tatum's Metropolitan Opera performances include The Magic Flute conducted by Jane Glover, Rusalka led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Die Frau ohne Schatten with Vladimir Jurowski, Otello under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Zandonai's seldom heard Francesca da Rimini conducted by Marco Armiliato, Fenena in Nabucco with Paolo Carignani, and Flosshilde in Robert Lepage's landmark production of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Fabio Luisi.
Miss Tatum made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2010-11 season as Inez in Il trovatore conducted by Marco Armiliato. Highlights of the recent past also have featured the artist as Háta in Smetana's The Bartered Bride in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth, led by James Levine, in a collaboration between the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School, and in the roles of Flosshilde and Grimgerde in San Francisco Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Donald Runnicles. Other performances include La Haine in Gluck's Armide in a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School and the role of Medea in Handel's Teseo with Chicago Opera Theater. As a member of the Adler Fellowship program, her San Francisco Opera performances have included Inez in Il trovatore, Annina in La traviata, and Emilia in Otello.
She has sung Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Santa Fe Opera conducted by Lawrence Renes and in a new production at San Francisco Opera led by Rory Macdonald, Amando in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, and The Secretary in Menotti's The Consul with Chautauqua Opera.
Ms. Tatum is a winner of the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, a finalist of the 2011 George London Foundation Competition, 2010 Grand Prize Winner of The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, The Opera Index Competition, The Jensen Foundation Award from Chautauqua Opera, and two-time recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. A Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Tatum holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music.