Noted for her “commanding and dramatic presence” (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum is rapidly gaining critical acclaim on the most prestigious opera stages in the United States. This season’s engagements include Flosshilde in Das Rheingold with Tanglewood Music Festival; Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and Waltraute in Die Walküre with San Francisco Opera; Jenny in Threepenny Opera with Boston Lyric Opera; Flower Maiden in Parsifal at The Metropolitan Opera; soloist in Penderecki’s Credo with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City. She also sings a concert entitled “Opera Italiana Forever Young” as part of the Central Park Summer Concerts series and Das Rheingold in concert with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
Last season, Tatum performed Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at the National Taichung Theatre and in Götterdämmerung in a return to Houston Grand Opera; Olga in Eugene Onegin with Boston Youth Symphony; Händel’s Messiah with Pacific Symphony; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Pacific Chorale; Mozart’s Requiem with Omaha Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with San Diego Symphony. Additional recent seasons’ engagements include Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Toledo Opera, Flosshilde and Waltraute in Der Ring des Nibelungen with Washington National Opera, Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Second Lady in Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte led by Ádám Fischer, and 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. Ms. Tatum also joined an international cast in Japan as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, sang as the mezzo soloist in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with The Eastern Music Festival, and as mezzo soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Additional concert appearances include 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 Symphony No. 9 with conductor Daniel Wachs and the Orange County Philharmonic Society.
A recent alumna of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Miss Tatum made her Metropolitan Opera début as Inez in Il trovatore conducted by Marco Armiliato. Additional performances at the prestigious house include Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Jane Glover, Second Woodsprite in Rusalka led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Unborn in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Vladimir Jurowski, Emilia in Otello under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Adonella in 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.
Earlier in her career, Tatum was also featured 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 Händel’s Teseo with Chicago Opera Theater. As an Adler Fellow, her San Francisco Opera performances included Inez in Il trovatore, Annina in La traviata, and Emilia in Otello.
She performed 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. Ms. Tatum’s discography includes the DVD releases of The Metropolitan Opera LIVE: in HD broadcasts of Otello and Rusalka, as well as a recording of Le grand macabre with The New York Philharmonic.