"It was obvious from the first note that we were in for a treat." - Joseph Gold, Piedmont Post
Hailed as “an artist of impressive talent” with “soaring high notes” (Piedmont Post), Lila Khazoum is an emerging coloratura soprano based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In July, 2021 she performed Un Raggio di Speme – A Ray of Hope with pianist Alexander Katsman as part of Festival Opera’s Artist Recital Series. Other recent engagements have included covering the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus in Festival Opera’s production of Love, Lust and Laughter, a concert of French Baroque music at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, led by famed mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, and various concerts and recitals throughout the East Bay, including appearances on Listen for Life’s Notes for Nourishment concert series. She has also been featured this year as a finalist in the international Cadenza Contest. Upcoming engagements include Frasquita in Festival Opera’s production of Carmen.
As a student in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois, she attended the University of Illinois on a full scholarship, where she began as a mezzo-soprano, singing roles such as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Giunone in La Calisto, and Maddalena in Rigoletto. She then sang the title role of Pinocchio in John Davie’s children’s opera with Opera Saratoga’s Opera-To-Go program, and she performed several arias from Carmen with the Danville Symphony Orchestra’s staged concert Carmen to Camelot. In her transition to soprano, she portrayed the title role of Lully’s Armide at Châteaux de la Voix in Urbana, Illinois.