"Countertenor Cameron Shahbazi created a highly sympathetic lead, using his clear, flexible voice to portray the young, impetuous lover who vacillates between intense ardor and indecision"
SAN DIEGO STORY
Praised by De Trouw for his “full, voluminous” voice and “personal and beautiful” timbre, Persian-Canadian countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is gaining recognition for his interpretations of both baroque and contemporary music.
Shahbazi has been awarded several international honours including a 2021 Sylva Gelber Award, the 2021 Walter Prsytawski Prize, a 2019 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Award, and was a finalist at the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. He was awarded the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Prize at the 2018 International Belvedere Competition, the 2nd Prize at the 2018 Innsbrucker Baroque Competiton, and top prizes at the 2017 Opéra Avignon Jeunes Espoirs Competition.
The 2021/22 season opens with open air concerts of Handel arias and duets with the Nederlands Kamerorkest in Amsterdam and Bloemendaal, then Shahbazi’s Russian debut singing Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with the Moscow Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Moulds. Other season highlights include Shahbazi’s highly anticipated return to the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe to take on the title role in Tolomeo, re d’Egitto in a production by Benjamin Lazar, and his debut at Oper Frankfurt as Oberon in a new production by celebrated German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbender.
In 2020, Shahbazi returned to Oper Köln for a worldwide digital streaming of Written on Skin, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, singing the role of The Boy/Angel 1 to critical acclaim, landing him on the cover of Das Opernglas and featured in Opera Canada Magazine. Earlier that year, he joined the Dutch National Opera Studio as an associate artist, where he gave both public and private concerts, and created the role of Sergey Diaghilev in Willem Jeth’s new Opera Ritratto, which was which was one of the Guardian’s picks of opera and classical concerts to watch during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Shahbazi teamed up with Dutch National Opera over the course of the pandemic to create a positive, uplifting weekly digital series entitled “Warm-Ups That Won’t Drive Your Neighbours Crazy” available on their social media and YouTube channel.
The beginning of the 2019/20 season marked the house debut for Shahbazi at Oper Köln singing Guildenstern in a new production of Brett Dean's Hamlet, conducted by Duncan Ward. COVID-19 cancellations included a new production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream on tour with Opera Zuid, concerts of Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, Carmina Burana with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Bach Magnificat at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Other past performances include the role of Disinganno in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno for Theater Aachen, and the title role in Cavalli’s Il Giasone for Opera NEO.
Shahbazi has enjoyed performing diverse repertoire in recital, and has been a frequent guest of the Dutch National Opera’s afternoon series giving concerts alongside pianists Jeff Cohen and Daan Boertien, and the Baroque & Beyond Chamber Orchestra. Other notable recitals were given in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and with pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht.
In addition to his career on the main stage, Shahbazi is very appreciative to have had the opportunity to lend voice to charitable causes. Notably, he served as an ambassador for UK charity Prostate Cancer Research, hosting a charity concert in London, UK alongside singers of the ROH Jette Parker Young Artist Program and Dame Ann Murray.
Hamilton-born, Shahbazi is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and a grateful grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation and Staetshuys Fonds.
2021/22 season. Not to be altered without permission