Rihab Chaieb
Mezzo-soprano

“For sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity, it would be hard to beat the Cherubino of mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Biography

The 2016 winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb was born in Tunisia and raised in Canada and has earned strong praise for her dramatic charm and vocal clarity.

Rihab Chaieb is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program where she made important role debuts as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) respectively. A Glyndebourne Festival debut as Mércedès in David McVicar’s production of Carmen under Jakub Hrůša was followed by an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Zulma in Rossini's L’italiana in Algeri with James Levine. Further roles include Flora (La traviata) at Glyndebourne, Cretan Woman (Idomeneo) at The Met, Tebaldo (Don Carlo) at Opéra National de Bordeaux as well as Juno and Ino (Semele) in Toronto. 

The 2016 winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb was born in Tunisia and raised in Canada and has earned strong praise for her dramatic charm and vocal clarity.

Rihab Chaieb is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program where she made important role debuts as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) respectively. A Glyndebourne Festival debut as Mércedès in David McVicar’s production of Carmen under Jakub Hrůša was followed by an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Zulma in Rossini's L’italiana in Algeri with James Levine. Further roles include Flora (La traviata) at Glyndebourne, Cretan Woman (Idomeneo) at The Met, Tebaldo (Don Carlo) at Opéra National de Bordeaux as well as Juno and Ino (Semele) in Toronto. 

This season sees Rihab Chaieb create the role of the Fairy Prince in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Wake World in her company debut with Opera Philadelphia, and return to The Met as the Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), and Laura (Luisa Miller).

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Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Reviews

“Rihab Chaieb’s high-maintenance Flora was a sensuous vocal presence” (Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine, October 2017)

“As her lover, mezzo Rihab Chaieb, working a pipe and an enigmatic sneer/smile, sounded properly seductive.” (Opera News, October 2017) 

“Rihab Chaieb has a rapturous voice, full of lush colours.” (Schmopera, October 2017)

“and [the] androgynous Fair Prince, Rihab Chaieb, a charismatic mezzo-soprano” (New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, September 2017)

“Rihab Chaieb’s high-maintenance Flora was a sensuous vocal presence” (Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine, October 2017)

“As her lover, mezzo Rihab Chaieb, working a pipe and an enigmatic sneer/smile, sounded properly seductive.” (Opera News, October 2017) 

“Rihab Chaieb has a rapturous voice, full of lush colours.” (Schmopera, October 2017)

“and [the] androgynous Fair Prince, Rihab Chaieb, a charismatic mezzo-soprano” (New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, September 2017)

“Rihab Chaieb was the prince, slipping on a throaty and agile mezzo.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2017)

“Of the smaller roles, Flora (Rihab Chaieb) [was] especially well sung and dramatically convincing, too” (Opera Magazine, July 2017)

“Rihab Chaieb’s warm Flora” (Bachtrack, May 2017) 

“The vibrant Canadian-Tunisian mezzo Rihab Chaieb, as Elvira’s slave, Zulma” (New York Times, October 2016) 

“Mezzo Rihab Chaieb made a solid first Met appearance as Elvira’s friend Zulma” (New York Classical Review, October 2016) 

“Rihab Chaieb made a fine Met debut as Elvira’s friend, Zulma.”(Opera Critic, October 2016) 

“Rihab Chaieb gives Tebaldo a smiling freshness.” (ConcertoNet.com, September 2015) 

“the sparkling Tebaldo of Rihab Chaieb” (L’Avant-Scène Opéra, September 2015) 

“Rihab Chaieb [stands] out as Mercédès” (John Allison, Telegraph, May 2015)