Born in 1994, Israeli soprano Na’ama Shulman started her musical education at the age of 7, first playing piano, and later began taking singing lessons at the age of 13, whilst also studying composition.
After graduating from Thelma Yellin National High School of the Arts in 2012, she completed her studies in 2018, receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in classical singing with honor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), studying with Marina Levitt and Ido Ariel. She participated in the Meitar Opera Studio program of The Israeli Opera for the 2017-18 season. During her time at JAMD, she was the winner of the Tavor-Fintz Memorial Competition, the Charles Schneider Competition, and received many other awards and scholarships throughout her studies.
Na’ama made her first operatic debut in the age of 19 years, singing Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in JAMD, and later during her studies performed the roles of Epponina in Giuseppe Sarti’s Giulo Sabino, and Leatitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. Na’ama has also performed extensively across Israel, including Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) as part of the Jerusalem Opera Studio, and as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) for The Jerusalem Opera. Further abroad, she was invited to sing Clorinda in La Cenerentola in the 2017 Piccolo Opera Festival in Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy.
Since 2018-19 season, Na’ama has been a member of the international Opera Studio of Staatsoper Hamburg, where she has performed roles such as Juliette (Die tote Stadt), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Bacchis (La Belle Hélène), Une voix céleste (Don Carlos), Lidochka (Moscow, Cheryomushki), and Anna (Nabucco) in Kirill Serebrennikov’s critically acclaimed new production in 2019. Na’ama has also created the roles of Hilde in Max-Lukas Hundelshausen’s Freiberg as a special guest in Leipzig Hocschule für Muisk und Theater in 2018, and Die Frau in Die Nacht der Seeigel in the collaboration project between Akademie Musiktheater Heute and Staatsoper Hamburg in 2019.
Na’ama has collaborated with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Paolo Carignani, Nathan Brock, Roland Kluttig, Christoph Gedschold, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Paolo Spadaro, and has performed with orchestras such as the Ramat Gan Symphony Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra and Israel NK Orchestra.