Renee Tatum

Noted for her “gleaming vocalism” (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum is an incredibly important artist of her generation. The 2019-20 begins as Flosshilde in Wagner’s Götterdammerung with The National Taichung Theater in Taiwan, followed by her role debut as Kundry in Parsifal. Ms. Tatum then returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Dritte Dame in The Magic Flute, and sings Azucena in Il Trovatore with Pensacola Opera. She joins the South Bend Symphony in Mahler’s Second Symphony, sings Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Masterworks Chorale, The Mother of Us All with the Rochester Philharmonic, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with The Boston Lyric Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Jacksonville Symphony and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Last season, Ms. Tatum sang in Nico Muhly’s Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera, followed by her debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Tatum also retuned to the Metropolitan
Opera as Waltraute and Flosshilde in Der Ring des Nibelugen, under the baton of Philipe Jordan. She sang Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody at Carnegie Hall, was the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and closed the season as Waltraute in Die Walkürie. Ms. Tatum is a proud graduate of the Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music and California State University Fullerton. Worldwide recordings include Flosshilde and Grimgerde in Der Ring des Nibelungen with The Seattle Opera, Amando in Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic, Emilia in Otello, Adonella in Francesca da Rimini, Waltraute in Die Walkürie and Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, all with the Metropolitan Opera and released on Decca DVD.

A native of Southern California, Renee began her performing career in community theater and television commercials at the age of 7. Throughout her twenty-year career, she has developed a working mastery in multiple languages, including French, Italian, German, Russian, Czech and Latin. She has a deep knowledge of several styles, and a full mastery of classical vocal technique.
• The Juilliard School (A.D., The Juilliard Opera Center)
• The Manhattan School of Music (M.M., P.S.)
• California State University Fullerton (B.M.)
Professional Training
• The Metropolitan Opera (Lindemann Young Artist)
• The San Francisco Opera (Adler Fellow)
• The Santa Fe Opera
• The Merola Opera Program
• The Chautauqua Opera
Primary teachers
• Patricia McCaffrey
• Dr. Stephen King
• Cynthia Hoffmann
• Deborah Birnbaum (breath specialist)
Influential mentors and coaches
• Brian Zeger
• Warren Jones
• Ken Noda
• John Fisher
• James Levine
• Stephen Wadsworth
• Donald Runnicles
• Thomas Muraco
Renee maintains a private vocal studio in the metro Boston area, and leads masterclasses and seminars at both summer festivals and academic institutions. Ms. Tatum has something to offer students of all ages from young singers exploring their love of music to advanced professional singers seeking mentorship, career advice and technical refinement.
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Region: Boston - West
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