Acclaimed for her "sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity" and the ability to "command the stage with authority", Canadian Rihab Chaieb recently graduated from the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and is a rising star in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.
In the 2014/15 season, Chaieb will sing Waltraute in Atom Egoyan's production of Wagner Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company, where she will also reprise the roles of Juno and Ino (cover) in Handel Semele, a co-production of the COC and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She will make her official debut with the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in summer 2015 as Mercedes in David McVicar's production of Bizet Carmen.
Chaieb most recently sang Octavian (cover) Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival opera and made her role debuts as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and Sesto La clemenza di Tito for the COC in their 2013 Ensemble Studio, both leading to major acclaim. She also reached the semi-final of the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Germany in 2013.
Her roles for the Canadian Opera include Inez Il Trovatore, Soeur MathildeDialogues des Carmélites, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi, Tisbe La Cenerentola, second secretary to Mao Nixon in China and French Mother Death in Venice. For the Ensemble Studio she has performed Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Ino/JunoSemele, Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Third Lady The Magic Flute. Some of the roles she has covered include Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Page Salome, Le PèlerinL'amour de loin and Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos. She has also sung Dido Dido and Aeneas with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and performances with Opéra de Montréal.
She has worked with such renowned conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Steuart Bedford, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Johannes Debus, Paul Nadler, Helmuth Rilling, Pablo Heras-Casado and Leonardo Vordoni. Collaborations with acclaimed stage directors include Robert Carsen, Christopher Alden, James Robinson, Catherine Malfitano, Atom Egoyan, Charles Roubaud and Diane Paulus.
Rihab Chaieb studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Merola Opera Program, Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. She was awarded grants from Canada Arts Council, Conseil des Arts & Lettres du Québec and Conseil des Arts de Laval. She is also a prize winner of the George London Foundation Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Christina & Louis Quilico Awards, Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions, and a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Canada.