Los Angeles based mezzo-soprano Shabnam Kalbasi will be performing as the alto soloist of the annual Sing-along of Handel's Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She most recently was a resident vocalist in Spoleto’s Incontri Musicali Chamber Festival this past summer, was the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Claremont College Orchestra and Choir, and was the alto soloist in the West Coast premiere of Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity.
In 2020, Miss Kalbasi continues her relationship with LA Opera, performing in the Marriage of Figuero demonstration tour and Juhi Bansal’s new commissioned work, We All Look to the Stars, as well as performing as the alto soloist of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Claremont College Orchestra and Choir.
A member of SAG-AFTRA & AGMA, Kalbasi has also performed solos in Israel in Egypt and Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Ellen Reid, in the world premiere of Dreams of a New World with the LA Master Chorale.
Ms. Kalbasi has been vocally recognized by the George London Foundation, Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, Palm Springs Opera Guild and Vocal Arts D.C. Competition. She has performed at The Broad Stage, Venture Opera, Opera Memphis, and made her recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 2016. Ms. Kalbasi sang Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Prelude to Performance and debuted the role of Union Organizer in the premiere of Juliet Palmer's opera Sweat at Brooklyn's National Sawdust.
A two-season Apprentice Artist and Canning Memorial Award recipient with Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Kalbasi sang Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto and Olivia in Jennifer Higdon's world premiere and Grammy-nominated Cold Mountain.