Egyptian mezzo soprano Farrah El-Dibany sings La Marseillaise at Macron re-election celebrations

Ati Metwaly , Monday 25 Apr 2022

The Paris-based renowned Egyptian mezzo soprano Farrah El-Dibany sang La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, as large crowds celebrated the re-election of President François Macron at the Champ-de-Mars on Sunday evening.

Farrah El-Dibany

President Macron and his wife remained on stage as El-Dibany sang with the Eiffel tower glowing in the background.

Earlier on Sunday, Macron comfortably won reelection to a second term after beating a challenge from the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.



Who is Farah El-Dibany?

Born in Alexandria in 1989, El-Dibany is one of the well-known Egyptian singers of her generation, establishing herself on an international scale in a short time.

El-Dibany started taking voice lessons in Egypt with Neveen Allouba in 2003.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Opera from the Hanns-Eisler Music Academy in Berlin in 2014.

In parallel to her music studies, El-Dibany also studied architecture and earned a Bachelor of Science from the Technische Universität of Berlin.

She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Universität der Künste Berlin in 2016.

That year, El-Dibany joined the Paris Opera Academy, becoming the very first Egyptian and Arab opera singer to join this renowned music institution.

In the same year, she sang the role of Pythia in ‘Melusine’ by Reimann with the Brandenburger Symphoniker in the presence of the composer.

The following years brought El-Dibany, who is fluent in Arabic, English, German, French and Italian, countless mezzo soprano roles in numerous operas and concerts.

In February 2018, she secured a role in a film celebrating the partnership between the Paris Opera and Devialet.

She also represented the Paris Opera at the opening of the French Pavilion at the 2017 edition of the Biennale dell’arte in Venice, taking part in the project of renowned artist Xavier Veilhan.

El-Dibany also represented the same opera in two concerts at the Bolshoi and in China, in which she shared the stage with violinist Renaud Capuçon.

Among her most important roles as a mezzo soprano is that of Carmen in Georges Bizet’s opera, which premiered in 2017 in the Hecken Theatre in Rheinsberg, Germany.

She also sang Carmen at the Glatt Festival with the Konstanz Philharmonic Orchestra.

Furthermore, she performed the role of Desdemona in ‘Othello’ by Rossini at the Bastille Amphitheater and at the Evian Autumn Festival.

She also covered part of Anna in ‘Les Troyens’ by Berlioz and Orlofsky in ‘Die Fledermaus’ by Strauss on tour in France with the Paris Opera Academy.

Additionally, she performed solo in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Caen with the Normandy Regional Orchestra.

In 2019, El-Dibany performed at the Hall de la Chanson in Paris, and she played the role of Dalida, an Italian-French-Egyptian singer, during a French song recital. 

Amazing recognition

El-Dibany won many top awards from competitions in Athens, Rome, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, and Germany, and earned numerous recognitions for her artistry.

In 2013, she received the third-place prize at the Guilio Perotti International Singing Competition in Germany. 

In 2018, she received the Young Hope Artist Award from the 2018 Bayreuter Festival.

This was followed by the Hassan Kamy Award in 2019 from the Manial Palace Festival — an event held at a historic palace in Cairo focusing on classical music and its Egyptian talents.

In the same year, she became the first Egyptian to win the Prix Lyrique de l’AROP — an award offered by the Paris Opera House to the best opera singer.

In 2021, El-Dibany was also honoured at the National Youth Forum by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

In April 2022, she was awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in the grade of Chevalier (Knight) by France’s Ambassador to Cairo Marc Baréty during an official ceremony held at Cairo’s Embassy of France.

Her recent appearances include performances at the Lebanon Chants Festival’s Divas of the Mediterranean segment (Beirut, December 2021) and a concert at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), which took place in March 2022, among other events.

Farrah also engages with the UNHCR, UNICEF, and UN Foundation by participating in concerts organised by these institutions to support their missions.

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