Ziad Nehme - Tenor

Ziad Nehme was born in Tripoli, Lebanon. On leaving school he attended the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music in Beirut and then completed a masters in opera at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He went on to join the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera and then the ensembles of Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Staatstheater Oldenburg and Nationaltheater Mannheim. He also performed as a guest at the Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Theater Kiel, as well as Kassel, Darmstadt and Mainz State Theatres. In the context of a tour with the CFPL he appeared on the stages of Rennes, Marseilles, Reims, Toulouse, Montpellier and other french cities. Further engagements include the Göteborg Konserthuset, Teatro Real Madrid, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Philharmonie de Paris, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmonie.

He collaborated with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Simone Young, Dan Ettinger, Kent Nagano, Alessandro De Marchi, Lorenzo Viotti, Alexander Soddy and Barbara Hannigan as well as stage directors Hans Neuenfels, Tatjana Gürbaca, Achim Freyer, Lydia Steier, Harry Kupfer, Tilman Knabe, Sasha Waltz and Markus Bothe.

Ziad’s operatic roles include Conte Almaviva, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Arbace, Basilio, Alfred in »Die Fledermaus«, Camille de Rosillon, Boni, Male Chorus in »The Rape of Lucretia«, The Swan in »Carmina Burana«, Nerone in Händel’s »Agrippina« and Oronte in »Alcina«, Truffaldino in »The love for three oranges«, Marquis in Prokofjev’s »Gambler« and First Jew in »Salome«.

Ziad has also created numerous roles in works of contemporary composers such as Lucia Ronchetti (»Esame di mezzanotte«), Martin Matalon (»L’ombre de Venceslao«) and Gordon Kampe (»Anoia«) and has sung works by Brett Dean, Giacinto Scelsi and Georges Aperghis.