It is our great pleasure to welcome Rihab Chaieb, a prominent new talent on the world's major stages, to TACT’s expanding roster of top operatic talents.
2022/23 season, was marked by significant milestones for Tunisian-Canadian mezzo including Rihab’s debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper wowing the audience as Fenena in Nabucco under Daniele Rustioni, and her LA Opera debut as Cherubino in James Gray’s Le nozze di Figaro under James Conlon. She reprised her exceptional portrayal of Carmen at the Canadian Opera Company and Calgary Opera and returned to the Grand Théâtre de Genève starring in the world-premiere of Jost’s Voyage vers l’espoir as La mère Meryem.
On the concert platform Chaieb appeared with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Otto Tausk for Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, and debuted the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
2021/22 season was marked by Chaieb’s debut at the Washington National Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and at Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. She debuted the role of Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria on tour and for a recording with Ensemble I Gemelli, returned to Opéra National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Rigoletto, and to The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, under Karen Kamensek.
Recent successes include Chaieb’s debuts at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, and Carmen in Lydia Steier’s production at the Oper Köln.
She made her role debut as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė and opened the season of the Dutch National Opera with the role of Lola in Robert Carsen’s Cavalleria Rusticana under Lorenzo Viotti.
On the concert stage, Rihab Chaieb has performed with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal program of Rossini under Kent Nagano and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen conducted by Johannes Debus. Handel’s Messiah and under Gustavo Gimeno with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She performed Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat with both Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Chaieb debuted Das Lied von der Erde at the Toronto Summer Music and reprised it at the Rockport Music Festival. She recorded both Bach’s Mass in B minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Orchestre Métropolitain under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the latter released on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Stage.
She reprised Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
As a former member of the The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, Chaieb appeared in numerous productions there, including Zulma in L’italiana in Algeri, Laura in Luisa Miller, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel. Chaieb returned to the Met as a guest with Zerlina in Don Giovanni under Cornelius Meister.
While at the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, she earned major acclaim for Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. She made her San Francisco Opera debut while at Merola Opera Program as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.
We are thrilled to walk alongside Rihab on her artistic journey, on identifying new and exciting opportunities that showcase her unique talents and contribute to her continued growth as an artist. Welcome to the TACT family!