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The daughter of a mother with roots in Latvian Jewry, and a Baghdad-born father of Babylonian Jewish tradition who emigrated to America, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash earned a bachelor's degree in Italian studies from Brown University, an artist diploma from Boston University, and a master's degree in music and voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She attended the University of Bologna in Italy and Middlebury College's Scuola Italiana. Her concert appearances have included an all-Bernstein program with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz. She has served for a number of years as cantor during the High Holy Days at Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Cape Cod.

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