Operalia winner Rihab Chaieb makes her LAO debut as Cherubino.
A recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, Tunisian-born mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb was raised and trained in Canada, and has garnered praise for her strong dramatic charm and rich vocals. 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 (The Marriage of 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 as Zulma in Rossini's L’Italiana in Algeri, with further experience including Flora (La Traviata) at Glyndebourne, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Laura (Luisa Miller) and Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) at the Met, Tebaldo (Don Carlo) at Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Juno and Ino (Semele) in Toronto.
The current season started with competition success with Rihab Chaieb winning third prize at the 2018 edition of Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition, and continues with debuts as Offenbach's Fantasio at Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier and Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, alongside productions of Così fan tutte (Dorabella), The Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino) and Don Giovanni (Zerlina) at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Cincinnati Opera and the Met respectively. Marking her company debut at Houston Grand Opera, she also creates several roles in the world-premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix.