Location: Baltimore, MD
Baritone Rahzé Cheatham is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications. This 2019-20 season*, Rahzé works alongside Baltimore collective LEVITY in an immersive visual and sound installation featured at The Parlour. Then, Rahzé returns to the stage in the world premiere of Mallory, a chamber opera by Baltimore-based composer Nathaniel Wolfgang Parks, opening at the Baltimore Theatre Project. Later this season, they join an all-star cast of musicians in Judah Adashi’s Rise Bmore concert series, a free evening of words, music, and movement of and for Baltimore, in honor of Freddie Gray. In May, they will be featured as an ensemble member of the world premiere of a new project, YAPPIE: A Musical Comedy, by poet and writer Jenny C Lares and composers Bobby Ge and Roger Wu Fu. Last season, Rahzé joined Marin Alsop’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS as a blues soloist and a member of the Street Singer ensemble. Further, they were featured as Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera, As One, opening at the newly redesigned Motorhouse in Baltimore, MD and closing on the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washginton, DC. Later, Rahzé returned to the stage as Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi from Il Trittico by Giacomo Puccini under the baton of Joseph Young. In the 2017-18 season, Rahzé made their Peabody Opera Theatre debut as L’Aubergiste in Jules Massenet’s Chérubin working alongside French conductor Laurent Pillot. They have been featured in numerous projects, including opera scenes, performing as: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti; Bob, Old Maid and the Thief; Dr. Pangloss, Candide; and Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro. January 2019, Rahzé premiered their latest work, Grandfather’s Hands, featuring Soprano Amanda Williams and the Choir of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roland Park, Maryland. For five years, Rahzé served as a Section Leader and soloist for the Sanctuary Choir of First and Franklin Presbyterian Church. Rahzé currently holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Music Theory from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where they studied with American baritone William Sharp. * Pre-Covid 19
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