Gala El Hadidi  
Mezzo Soprano  
New England Finalist, 2010
New England Encouragement Award, 2010
 

Dresden-based mezzo Gala El Hadidi encores her Carmen in the 2015-2016 season, and also appears as both the Second Lady and the Third Lady  in Die Zauberflöte, Base Babarikha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale Of Tsar Sultan, Hänsel, Prince Orlovsky, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando, Der Trommler (The Drummer) in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Flora in La traviata, and the Tango Singer in the European premiere of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. Last season the mezzo returned to Dresden Semperoper as Carmen, the Second Maid in Elektra, the Third Lady, and Medoro, as well as Josofus in Joke van Leeuwen’s opera for children Prinz Bussel. She also visited Switzerland to encore her Carmen in St. Gallen.

 

Born in Cairo, at fifteen Gala joined the Cairo Opera House’s Talent Development Center, and at the age of eighteen became the youngest singer to join the Cairo Opera Company, appearing first as Prince Orlovsky, the High Priestess in Aida, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly; many of the iconic mezzo roles followed. She studied Philosophy, English and Comparative Literature at Cairo’s American University, graduating with a Bachelor in Philosophy in 2005 and a Masters in English and Comparative Literature in 2007: her thesis was titled: “Carmen: Debating the Femme Fatale.” In 2005 Gala received a scholarship to attend the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, and continued her vocal studies in Savolinna and at Yale, where she received a Masters of Music degree. From 2010-2012 Gala was a Young Artist at Dresden Semperoper, subsequently becoming a full-time member of the company.


Gala has participated in many International festivals and has given concerts in Rome and Venice (Italy), Stuttgart and Leipzig (Germany); Helsinki and Savonlinna (Finland); Istanbul (Turkey); Rabat, Casablanca & Essaouira (Morocco); Algiers & Constantine (Algeria), and in Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. Her Christmas Concert at the Cairo Opera House has become an annual tradition.

 

Gala was a finalist in the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, received an Engagement Prize from the Gottlob Frick Society in the DEBUT 2012 competition, and won two jury prizes at the 2011 Stella Maris Competition: a test recording for Deutsche Grammophon and a guest engagement at Vienna State Opera. In 2008 Gala was awarded an outstanding achievement prize and recognition by Egypt’s Ministry of Culture.

 

 

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