Renée Tatum


Noted for her “commanding and dramatic presence” (Opera News), mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum continues to garner recognition in the most demanding of operatic repertoire. This season Ms. Tatum joins Knoxville Opera as Dame Quickly in Falstaffthe Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as the mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiemthe Dallas Symphony as Grimgerde in Die Walküre and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for her role debut as La Reine in Thomas’ Hamlet under the baton of Louis Langrée, and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood for Flosshilde in Götterdammerung. Last season’s highlights included her return to the Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Rigoletto, her company debut at Palm Beach Opera singing Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s Requiem with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in C and Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale, the US premiere of Campogrande’s Un Mondo Nuovo, and a recital with Boston Wagner Society.. Ms. Tatum’s relationship with the Met spans 10 years and has included nearly 100 performances including Maddalena in Rigoletto, Fenena in Nabucco, 3rd Lady and 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Emilia in Otello, Inez in Il Trovatore, Adonella in Francesca da Rimini, and Waltraute and Flosshilde in Robert LePage’s famed Der Ring des Nibelungen. Future performances include Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera, Die Walkürie with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Concord Orchestra and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Dallas Symphony.

Ms. Tatum’s other recent performances include Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Atlanta Opera, Flosshilde in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with The National Theater in Taiwan, her role debut as Kundry in Parsifal for Indiana University Opera Theatre. She also returned to The Metropolitan Opera as the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, made her role debut as Azucena in Il Trovatore with Pensacola Opera, and joined Rochester Philharmonic for Mother of Us All. Other recent performances include: Flosshilde and Waltraute in San Francisco Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen; Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at The Tanglewood Festival; Francisca in West Side Story at Grand Tetons Music Festival under the baton of Donald Runnicles; Jenny in Threepenny Opera with Boston Lyric Opera, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at The Metropolitan Opera with Yannick Nezet-Seguin; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Toledo Opera; Flosshilde and Waltraute for Washington National Opera; Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung with Teatro Massimo di Palermo; Second Lady in Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera; Third Lady in The Magic Flute and Grimgerde in Die Walküre at Houston Grand Opera; Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung in her return to Houston Grand Opera and at National Taichung Theatre; and Olga in Eugene Onegin with Boston Youth Symphony.

On the concert stage, Ms. Tatum has sung Margret in Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Indianapolis Symphony, Grimgerde in Die Walküre with the LA Philharmonic, Penderecki’s Credo with Indianapolis Symphony, Durufle’s Requiem with Back Bay Chorale, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with The Cecelia Chorus of NYC, and joined the New York Philharmonic at Manchester Music Festival and in a concert presentation of Das Rheingold. She sang the role of Gabriele Bertolier for the Romantic Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City and a concert entitled “Opera Italiana Forever Young” for Central Park Summer Concerts. Other recent concert performances include: Handel’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.

Ms. Tatum also joined an international cast in Japan as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, sang in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with The Eastern Music Festival, and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at The Tanglewood Music Festival. Additional concert appearances include The Page in Salome with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with The Indianapolis Symphony, NY Philharmonic and Orange County Philharmonic Society. Ms. Tatum holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and California State University Fullerton. She was also an Adler Fellow with The San Francisco Opera and alumna of The Lindemann Young Artists Program at The Metropolitan Opera.


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