Reda El-Wakil honoured by Japanese ambassador for promoting cultural ties

Reham El-Adawi , Sunday 28 Apr 2024

The Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Oka Hiroshi awarded on Wednesday Egyptian opera singer Reda El-Wakil a certificate of appreciation for cultural ties between the two countries.

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Opera Singer Reda El-Wakil in the middle with Japanese ambassador Oka Hiroshi, his wife and El-Wakil s family members

 

Ambassador Oka lauded El-Wakil's contributions "in promoting mutual understanding and relations of friendship and brotherhood between Japan and Egypt," during the ceremony held at the headquarters of Japan embassy in Garden City.

He pledged to "continue to make every effort to further strengthen relations between the two countries in the future as well."

El-Wakil graduated from the Higher Institute of Music - Conservatory in Cairo and completed his studies in Spain and France. Afterwards, he performed roles in major and internationally acclaimed operas such as Madame Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Aida, among others.

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Although he focused on performing in Cairo from the 1980s through the early 2010s, he also participated in many opera productions abroad in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, and others.

In addition to winning the Paris International Competition, he also received the State Encouragement Award for Literature and Arts.

In Japan, El-Wakil has participated several times in memorial concerts and events to encourage recovery and reconstruction since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

He has helped arrange performances in Egypt by Japanese artists as head of the Artistic House of Music, Opera and Ballet at the Cairo Opera House. He has also supervised the Cairo Opera House's Small Theatre from 2009 to 2017.

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