Photo: Elhamy Amin (L) (Photo source: fragment of photo by Mourad Heshmat, from Elhamy Amin's facebook page), conductor Nader Abbassi (top centre) (Photo source: fragment of a photo from Nader Abbassi's facebook page), Amira Selim (R) (Photo source: Amira Selim facebook page)
On Saturday 8 February, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra under the bâton of Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi, joined by soprano Amira Selim and baritone Elhamy Amin, will perform highlights from acclaimed musicals: The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Les Misérables, among others.
Egyptian soprano Amira Selim is the daughter of pianist and piano teacher Marcelle Matta, and late painter Ahmed Fouad Selim. Having graduated from the Cairo Conservatory, Selim continued her studies in France before returning to Egypt and obtaining her PhD from the Cairo Academy of Arts. Her career as a soloist goes back to 1997 when, joining the Cairo Opera Company, she began singing leading roles in a number of operas. She made her debut in France singing the title role in Leo Delibes' Lakme at the Opera de Rennes, and later performing the challenging Queen of the Night soprano role in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Theatre Levallois in Paris.
A graduate of the Cairo Conservatory Egyptian baritone Elhamy Amin has a large number of performances to his name, in operas, gala concerts and special events. Elhamy frequently performs at the Cairo Opera House, as well as joins music festivals held in Egypt. His roles include Figaro in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute and Belcore in Donizetti's Elixir of Love, among many others.
Along with their vocal skills, both soloists Amira Selim and Elhamy Amin are often applauded for their captivating stage presence as they entwine their enjoyable performances with charismatic confidence and acting skills.
Saturday 8 February, 8pm
Cairo Opera House main hall