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“Ms. Shehabi-Yaghmai takes the featured vocal part in the King Cyrus Symphonic Suite, Passover Song of the Israelites.  In this quiet, subdued music, I could discern an artist who has sensitive mastery of her singing, who is assured in technique, and artistically secure such that she could well serve the music and composer Tjeknavorian’s intent.”

In concert with San Francisco Philhormonic for Cyrus Symphony at the San Francisco Masonic Center Goldstar event reviews (D. Ch’an Moriwaki)


“Shehabi-Yaghmai sang with passion.”
In Concert with Redwood Symphony
The Daily Journal (David Bratman)


“Entrancing, Enticing Mezzo Tehran-born mezzo-soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai took the stage to perform her collaboration with composer David Garner. Titled Melodies From My Homeland: Iran, the work is one of the fruits of Shehabi-Yaghmai’s Persian Melody Project. It consists of new, distinctly Western arrangements by Garner of six Persian folk songs and well-known melodies. I was totally entranced by the singing. Visually enticing as well, the stage-wise Shehabi-Yaghmai possesses a fine instrument, strongest on top and seemingly tailor-made for these songs of love, seduction, and homeland.  Sacrificing the temptation to employ the Western, operatic production that distinguishes the Bizet and Mozart clips on her Web site, she launched into rapid scaled passages with straight tone and the somewhat more pinched sound characteristic of Iranian vocalism. In the opening song, Goleh Pamchal (Primrose flower), her unaccompanied singing was totally assured. The wail in her voice on Sarzamineh Man (My homeland) was as convincing and moving as her sexual insinuations in Seh Godar (Three mountain passes). She could also teach Angela Gheorghiu a thing or two about how to lift your arms, move your hips and neck, and play the part to perfection without acting like a prima donna in heat. Persian Melody Project offers this born showwoman much hope for recognition among music lovers who can see past the recent political fear-mongering about Iran.”
In Concert with Oakland East Bay Symphony
San Francisco Classical Voice (Jason Victor Serinus)


“Shehabi-Yaghmai delivers with a fetching combination of tenderness and vigor.”
In Concert with Oakland East Bay Symphony
San Francisco Chronicle (Joshua Kosman)


“Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai’s performance is a treat”
As Hansel in Hansel and Gretel
Studio City Sunday News Paper


“Volcanic and compassionate interpretation of Carmen with an effervescent voice”
As Carmen with Opera Brasov
Observatur Cultura; Romania


“Warm sound and charismatic stage presence”
San Francisco Classical Voice