Egyptian soprano Fatma Said first female singer to perform at Grand Egyptian Museum

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Dec 2022

The internationally renowned Egyptian soprano, accompanied by the United Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nader Abbassi, will be the first female singer to perform at the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

Fatma Said, Nader Abbassi

“I feel proud and grateful to be the first female artist ever to sing at the Grand Egyptian Museum," Said commented in the official press release. 

She also added, "I hope that this will be the beginning of many cultural and musical events that take place in this beautiful place."

Said expressed her delight at collaborating with renowned Egyptian maestro Nader Abbassi, whom she described as someone she enjoys working with, and his United Philharmonic Orchestra.

"I hope we can bring a lot of joy to our beloved fans in this concert," Said said.

Abbassi – whose famed orchestra performed during the Pharaohs Golden Parade (April 2021) and the reopening of the 3000-year-old Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor (November 2021), and most recently in Riyadh Season – has also voiced his enthusiasm to be sharing the stage with the internationally renowned Opus Classic Award winner. 

Abbassi referred to Said as "one of those who bring honour to Egypt internationally."

He added that the Grand Egyptian Museum is a "huge historical and civilisational edifice," which he hopes would also organise numerous concerts to promote artistic and cultural  aspects of Egypt.

The detailed programme of the concert was not provided by the organisers.

Said is one of Egypt’s brightest stars in classical music, with a portfolio that includes significant accomplishments.

Fatma Said was the first Egyptian singer to be accepted to La Scala Academy in Milan and went on to perform there in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Said was also one of six musicians selected by BBC Radio 3 to take part in its New Generation Artist Scheme from 2016 to 2018.

In April, BBC Music Magazine named Fatma Said the “Newcomer of the Year” as part of its 16th Annual Awards.

She also won the Vocal Award for her debut album ‘Al-Nour’, which was released by Warner Classics and featured pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Said is also an ambassador for Opera for Peace and is supported by the stART academy of Bayer Kultur.

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