Fatma Said

“The flawless radiant Fatma Said is a discovery…”
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

  • Winner of The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competiton 2016


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Eqyptian soprano, Fatma Said, has established a reputation as an extraordinarily gifted musician and is a former member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme.

Fatma has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education.

In 2016, she made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically-acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Adam Fischer. The production, in which Fatma was described as “luminous” “warm and mature” and full of “incredible depth”, was broadcast by ARTE and has since been released on DVD.

This season, as well as her New Generation Artist commitments, Fatma will perform Die Schöpfung at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest; Strauss lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham; and will give recitals in Perth, Leeds, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall. Fatma will make her debut at the Salzburg MozartWoche a production of Mozart’s T.H.A.M.O.S by La Fura del Baus, and will give gala concerts at The United Nations in Geneva, and in Muscat with Juan Diego Flórez.

Recent highlights include L’Amour in the new John Fulljame/Hofesh Schechter Orphée et Eurydice at Teatro alla Scala, her Wigmore Hall debut as part of the BBC Radio 3 lunchtime series; concerts in Lucerne, Vienna and Salzburg with Rolando Villazón, and performances and recording of Mahler 8 at Tonhalle Düsseldorf with Adam Fischer.



Performance Schedule



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    19 Dec 18 Wigmore Hall Recital, London
    The Times ★★★★★

    “The Egyptian soprano’s wide-ranging choice of material displayed wit, spice and plenty of polish”
    ” Said, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, had held the audience in the palm of her hand for two hours — no matter which of the six languages she was singing in”

    “She didn’t skimp on profundity when it was there to be found. Ravel’s trio of “oriental” songs, Shéhérazade, was voiced with musky élan, Said confident in her smoky low range and pungent word-painting, culminating in a commandingly haughty L’indifférent. And her Strauss selection travelled memorably from a heart-rending Allerseelen to the sweetness of Schlagende Herzen. Here, she sounded more than a little like the late, great Lisa della Casa in the combination of brightness of expression and warmth of tone.”

    “We headed south, to Italian nuggets by Catalani and Leoncavallo, then to Spain, where Said was also fantastically expressive: a weepy number by Fernando Obradors was sentimental stuff, but it was taken seriously here and not overmilked. Manuel de Falla’s Your Dark Eyes had real bite and allowed Said to travel into more dramatic territory.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times

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    28 Feb 18 GLUCK Orphée et Eurydice
    Teatro alla Scala

    “The night’s biggest revelation was not about the power of music or any meditation on love or impulse, though; it was Fatma Said as Amor. I first encountered this jewel of as a bewitching Pamina on a DVD of La Scala’s production of Zauberflöte last year. Done up in a gold suit and biting into the music with flair, Said’s Amor was a sexy gamekeeper instead of bow-wielding cherub. Her rich but agile voice, full of colors and overtones not unlike Sondra Radvanovsky’s but with more polish, was a pleasure to listen to and represents a real boon for the theater’s Academy.”
    Harry Rose, Parterre

    “Fatma Said was a puckish Amour.”
    James Imam, The Financial Times

    “Bravissima Fatma Said (già ottima Pamina alla Scala) nel completo d’oro di Amour, un’aggraziata e spiritosa messaggera degli dei.”
    Stefano Jacini, Giorno della Musica