Praised for his “clear, flexible” and “voluptuous” voice, countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is quickly emerging as one of the most promising artists of his generation.
In the 2019/2020 season Shahbazi will make many house and role debuts starting with Oper Köln, where he will sing Guildenstern in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, with De Nationale Opera & Ballet (Amsterdam) as Sergey Diaghilev in the world premiere of Willem Jeth’s new opera Ritratto, and his highly anticipated debut with Opera Zuid as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shahbazi will also appear in concert returning to both De Nationale Opera & Ballet, for his third solo recital, and to the Internationale Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe, where he will join harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani in recital. In addition, Shahbazi will make his Russian debut at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall as Tolomeo (role debut) in Handel’s Giulio Cesare conducted by Christopher Moulds, and as the alto soloist in Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne under the baton of Harry Christophers.
The 2018/2019 season marked a house debut for Shahbazi at the Theater Aachen singing Disinganno in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno. He appeared in several concerts and recitals including his afternoon recital debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In the Netherlands, Shahbazi returned to De Nationale Opera & Ballet with the Baroque & Beyond Orchestra as part of their afternoon concert series, was part of the Handel in Dublin concert with the Dudok Quartet conducted by maestro Kenneth Montgomery, and was invited to join pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen in concert at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. In addition, Shahbazi was honoured to be named an ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre UK, for which he appeared in recital alongside graduates of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Program and Dame Ann Murray.
The 2017/2018 season saw Shahbazi's American debut in the title role of Cavalli’s Il Giasone with Opera Neo and his debut with the Internationale Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe as Alto Soloist in Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne under the baton of Christan-Markus Raiser. On the recital stage, Shahbazi performed a solo recital at De Nationale Opera with pianist Jeff Cohen. Shahbazi featured in a promotional campaign produced by the Conservatorium Hotel and OUTtv in support of Amsterdam Gay Pride, singing in the Kleine Zaal of Het Concertgebouw alongside pianist Aidan Mikdad.
The recipient of several notable awards and honours, Shahbazi was a finalist at the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. He was awarded the Second Prize at the 2018 Innsbruck International Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera, and a prize granted by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the 2018 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Jūrmala, Latvia. Shahbazi was the winner of both the Prix de Révélation and the Prix Grand Avignon at the 2017 Opéra Raymond Duffaut Jeunes Espoirs Competition, hosted by the Opéra Grand Avignon. In 2019 Shahbazi was a grateful recipient of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Awards, the Jaqueline Desmarais Foundation Grant, and in 2018 the Staetshuys Fonds Grant.
Hailing from Canada, Shahbazi received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, and his Master of Music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
- SEPTEMBER 2019 -