"has distinguished himself by his mysterious scenic presence, his voluptuous timbre and his highly studied interpretation"
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Shahbazi takes on the title role in Tolomeo, re d'Egitto at the Internationale Handel Festspiele Karlsruhe in a production by Benjamin Lazar.
Praised for his “clear, flexible” and “voluptuous” voice, countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is quickly emerging as one of the most promising artists of his generation.
The 2019/2020 season marked many house debuts for Shahbazi including at Oper Köln singing Guildenstern in Brett Dean's Hamlet, and a 'digital debut' at the
Dutch National Opera singing Sergey Diaghilev in Willem Jeth's Ritratto. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the live performances of the opera were cancelled, however a digital streaming of the opera reached over 80 000 viewers worldwide. Shahbazi did make his main stage debut with the Dutch National Opera in concert singing Mozart and Handel arias with players of the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest.
Due to the global pandemic, the remainder of the 2019/2020 season has been postponed, including a new production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Opera Zuid, as well Shahbazi's Russian debut as Tolomeo in a concert version of Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto and alto soloist in Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, both in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall.