Ziad Nehme was born (1984) in Tripoli, Lebanon. On leaving school he attended the
Lebanese National Conservatory of Music in Beirut studying piano and voice with Arthur
Satyan and Kévork Karamétélian. He subsequently completed his Masters in Opera at
the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he had studied with Josef Wallnig and Boris Bakow.
Today, he continues his vocal training with Counter-Tenor Andrew Watts.
From 2008-09 to 2009-10, Ziad was a member of the Hamburg State Opera’s International
Studio. He participated in many of the Hamburg State Opera’s main productions in
roles such as: Saint Brioche (The Merry Widow), Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Capitano
(Simon Boccanegra), Hotel Porter (Death in Venice), Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro),
Don Carlos (Les Indes galantes), Scribe (Khovanshchina), Goro (Madama Butterfly),
Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus/The Bat), 2nd Nobleman (Lohengrin), 2nd Jew (Salome), Normanno
(Lucia di Lammermoor), Albazar (Il Turco in Italia), L’Abate (Andrea Chenier), Spoletta
(Tosca) and Balthasar Zorn (Die Meistersinger).
With the last-mentioned role he as well appeared at Theater Kiel as a guest.
On leaving the Hamburg State Opera’s Studio the young tenor was engaged at the StadtTheater
Bremerhaven where he performed a wide range of roles: Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Ozzie
(On the Town), Spoletta (Tosca), Boni (Csárdásfürstin), Dr. Siedler (Im weißen Rössl/The
White Horse Inn), Bela Zangler (Crazy for you) and Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of
In addition, Ziad Nehme appeared at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele 2011 as Dr. Cajus
in Verdi’s Falstaff.
From 2012-13 to 2013-14, he was a member of the Oldenburg State Theatre. His roles
there have included: Conte Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Swan (Carmina burana),
Witch of Endor in Handel’s Saul, Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), Herdsman and Young
Sailor (Tristan und Isolde), Andoi (Anoia, world première), Nic (Sturmkind, world
première) and the Tenor Solo in Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette.
Guest engagement in 2013-14 have included: Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Theater
Kiel, Spoletto (Tosca) and Dr. Blind (The Bat) for Staatstheater Kassel, and Mottel
(Anatevka/Fiddler on the Roof) for Eutiner Festspiele.
From 2014 to 2016, Ziad was a member of the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he performed
roles such as Camille de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), Truffaldino (The Love for Three
Oranges), Natale in the world première of Lucia Ronchetti’s opera Esame di Mezzanotte,
Roderigo (Otello) and 1st Jew (Salome). In addition, he appeared in Verdi’s Falstaff
and Wagner’s Parsifal. New roles in 2015-16 included: Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
and Marquis (Der Spieler).
In 2014-15, Ziad Nehme made his debut at Staatstheater Mainz as Conte d’Almaviva
(Il Barbiere di Siviglia).
Since 2011, the tenor frequently returns to Hamburg State Opera. His guest engagements
there have included: 1st Gralsritter (Parsifal), 1st Police Officer in Brett Dean’s
opera Bliss, Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus/The Bat) and
1st Nobleman (Lohengrin). In 2014-15, he appeared in the new production of Puccini’s
La fanciula del West, in The Magic Flute and in Salome as 2nd Jew. In 2016-17, he
took over the 1st Jew (Salome) at Hamburg State Opera at short notice.
From 2016-2018, Ziad Nehme performs the leading role of Rogelio in the world première
of Martin Matalon´s opera L´Ombre de Venceslao in a CFPL co-production of the Théâtre
Du Capitole de Toulouse, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra National
de Bordeaux, Opéra Grand Avignon and others.
In 2016-17, the young tenor returned to Staatstheater Mainz for the world première
of the German-Arabian production “Hörtheater:Tamáss”, and appears at Eutiner Festspiele
2017 as Alfred (Die Fledermaus/The Bat). Plans for 2018-19 include Sellem (The Rake’s
Progress) under Barbara Hannigan in Gothenburg followed by a revival in Munich.
Ziad is equally at home on both the operatic and the concert platform. Performances
have led him to some of the major venues in Europe and to his native Lebanon. Concerts
have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion and
the tenor parts in works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Rossini.
He has appeared as soloist with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum
Orchestra (Salzburg), the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamburg Philharmonic
Orchestra and has sung under conductors such as Simone Young, Michael Schønwandt,
Stefan Lano, Peter Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Alessandro De Marchi, Stefan Soltesz,
Dan Ettinger and Dennis Russell Davies.
Recitals have included Schubert's Die Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s
Liederkreis op. 24 and Schönberg’s Brettl-Lieder.