By: Yassmine ElSayed
CAIRO, Mar. 1 (SEE) – American University in Cairo will host today a concert, featuring AUC alumna and international mezzo-soprano, Gala El Hadidi.
The concert, which comes as part of AUC’s centennial celebrations, will witness Hadidi perform a selection of arias and songs from renowned operas, operettas, and musicals, which includes musical creations of Rossini, Mozart, Bizet, Strauss, Lehár, Bernstein and Loewe
The concert will be conducted by John Baboukis, director, AUC Music Program., where Gala El Hadidi will be accompanied by the Cairo Festival Orchestra.
El Hadidi graduated with a B.A in Philosophy from the American University in Cairo. She proceeded to obtain a Masters of Music from Yale University, as well as an M.A in English and Comparative Literature.
She attended the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart and the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland. In 2010, she received an encouragement award at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2011, she won the two major jury prizes at the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition: Engagement at the Vienna State Opera and a test-recording with Deutsche Grammophon.
In 2013, El Hadidi became the first Egyptian finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Upon finishing her Music studies in the USA, she was asked to join the Semper Opera Dresden as a soloist, and became a Company member from 2010 till 2016.
The concert will take place at Ewart Memorial Hall, AUC Tahrir Square Campus, and will start at 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm.