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. he 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, under the baton of Maestro Arthur Fagen. Ms. Tatum then returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Dritte Dame in The Magic Flute, sings Azucena in Il Trovatore with Pensacola Opera, and joins The Rochester Philharmonic as Indiana Elliot in The Mother of Us All. She also joins the South Bend Symphony as the alto soloist in Mahler’s Second Symphony, sings Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Masterworks Chorale, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with The Boston Lyric Opera, The Jacksonville Symphony as the alto soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and closes the season as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Mill City Summer Opera. Future seasons include returns to The Metropolitan Opera, Indianapolis Symphony, Opera Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera. In the 2018-19 Season, Ms. Tatum returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Nico Muhly’s Marnie, and for Waltraute and Flosshilde in Robert LePage’s famed Der Ring des Nibelungen. On the concert stage, she joins the Savannah Philharmonic for Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra as the mezzo soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Waltraute in Die Walkürie with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Andris Nelsons, and The Ceclia Chorus of New York City in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. She also sings Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey, and sings Waltraute in Die Walkürie with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Nelsons at Tanglewood in 2019. Future seasons include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Masterworks Chorale and The San Francisco Opera. Most recently she was heard as Flosshilde and Waltraute in San Francisco Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold at The Tanglewood Festival, Francisca in West Side Story at Grand Tetons Music Festival with Donald Runnicles, Jenny in Threepenny Opera for Boston Lyric Opera, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at The Metropolitan Opera with new Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Concert performances included Penderecki’s Credo with Indianapolis Symphony, Durufle’s Requiem with Back Bay Chorale, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with The Cecelia Chorus of NYC. She was also heard in concert with Warren Jones at Manchester Music Festival and in a concert presentation of Das Rheingold with New York Philharmonic. Other recent performances include the role of Gabriele Bertolier for the Romanti Century’s production of Van Gogh’s Ear a The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City and a concert entitled “Opera Italiana Forever Young” for Central Park Summer Concerts. Read more... Previously she was heard as Flosshilde in Gotterdammerung in her return to Houston Grand Opera and at National Taichung Theatre; Olga in Eugene Onegin with Boston Youth Symphony; 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. Additionally, she has been heard as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Toledo Opera, Flosshilde and Waltraute for Washington National Opera, Flosshilde in Gotterdammerung with Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Second Lady in Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera, Third Lady in Magic Flute and Grimgerde in Die Walkure at Houston Grand Opera. 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 Salome with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Music Director Daniel Stewart and Santa Cruz Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with conductor Daniel Wachs and Orange County Philharmonic Society. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music and California State University Fullerton. She is also a graduate of the Adler Fellowship with The San Francisco Opera, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. Ms. Tatum also has an extensive background in Alexander Technique and study with Ms. Deborah Birnbaum, breath specialist. Ms. Tatum has also studied extensively with Cynthia Hoffmann, Dr. Stephen King and currently studies with Patricia McCaffrey. I currently teach through Harvard University's Private Voice Teacher Directory, and will be teaching a masterclass for Boston Singer's Resource this Spring, and will be a finals judge for MassOpera's vocal competition.
B.M., California State University Fullerton M.M., P.S., Manhattan School of Music A.D., The Juilliard School