Sheva Tehoval (W-DB)
During the 2020/2021 season, soprano Sheva Tehoval makes her debut as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Opéra d'Avignon, sings Fantasia (Offenbach's Le Voyage dans la lune) at the Opéra de Montpellier, the Opéra de Tours and the Opéra de Toulon, the 1st Flower-Daughter (Parsifal) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen.
Born in Brussels and daughter of a blues musician, she discovered classical music at the age of 6 by joining the children's choir of the Royal Opera of Brussels and continued her vocal training with Eunice Arias in Brussels, Christoph Prégardien at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, then with Mary Nelson at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Rewarded in numerous singing competitions, she won the 1st Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the Jacques Dôme Competition 2014 in Verviers, the 2nd Prize at the Karlsruhe International Competition for Contemporary Chamber Music, and then was laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition when she was, at the age of 23, the youngest candidate.
In 2016, she is laureate of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and wins the 1st Prize in the Opera category, the 1st Prize in the French Melody category and Most promising artist Prize as well as the Audience Prize of the International Singing Competition in Marmande.
In 2017, she wins the First prize in the SWR Junge Opernstars competition.
As much attracted by Opera as Lied and contemporary music, she has already performed on many European stages, including the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Seine Musicale in Paris and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, alongside prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as the SWR Rundfunkorchester, the Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphonieorchester, Insula Orchestra, or the Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz.
She has also already been heard at the Opéra de Lille (First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), in St. Petersburg with the London Chamber Orchestra (roles of Witness 1 / Singer 1 and Woman 1 in George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence), at the Opéra de Fribourg (role of Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere d Siviglia) and at the Opéra de Limoges (role of Aurore in Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon).
For Sheva Tehoval, experimentation and permanent research (particularly in chamber music) are the driving forces behind her artistic construction. As much attracted by Opera as Lied and contemporary music, she likes to vary the repertoires and gives importance to the search for alternative musical forms. She pays particular attention to text and language, including French and German, which she likes to defend.
In 2021 her album of Lieder and mélodies by Debussy, Strauss, Schönberg and Rihm, recorded with pianist Daniel Heide for the Avi-music label, will be released.