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Dima Bawab (Soprano)

Born: Jordan

The Jordanian soprano, Dima Bawab, began studying music at the age of only four years old and studied piano and dance at the King Hussein National Conservatory in Amman. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, from where she graduated in 2007 with dinstinction.

Since graduating, Dima Bawab has worked all over the world in a huge variety of répertoire. She made her début at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in the role of Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and directed by Stéphane Braunschweig. At the 2012 Mozart Academy at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, she sang Zerlina in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Servilia in W.A. Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Papagena in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In addition, Dima has sung Blondchen W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Vannes, Susanna W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at London’s Wilton Music Hall, Morgana in George Frideric Handel's Alcina in Paris and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone in Palestine and Jordan, as well as Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate, Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol in l’Enfant et les Sortileges, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor by W.A. Mozart, and Fatima in Weber’s Abu Hassan.

Dima Bawab's most recent operatic roles have included Le Feu and Le Rossignol from Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Montpellier February 2015, Zémire in André Grétry’s Zémire et Azor at the Opéra Royale de Wallonie in Liège and revivals of Yniold in Stéphane Braunschweig’s Pelléas et Mélisande, at the Royal Albert Hall (her BBC Proms début in 2012) with L’Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and Sir John Eliot Gardiner and at the Opéra Comique, this time conducted by Louis Langrée and most recently at the Croatian National Theatre under the direction of Pascal Rophé. She has also completed a world tour singing both Pamina and Papagena in Peter Brook’s Moliere winning production of W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte touring in venues around the world, including at the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris as well as in Sao Paolo (Brazil) Buenos Aires (Argentina) Perth (Australia) Tokyo (Japan) Seoul (South Korea) Taipei (Taiwan) and many other European cities.

As a concert soloist, Dima Bawab makes her Cairo Opera House début in W.A. Mozart's Great Mass in C minor as 1st Soprano this coming June under the direction of Nayer Nagui. She has equally performed with many acclaimed orchestras, namely her Sydney Opera House debut performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (lead by Richard Tognetti), the English National Orchestra at Cadogan Hall and the award-winning Aurora Orchestra at King’s Place, London conducted by Nicholas Collon. She has toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra in Rome, Florence and at the International Festival in Ravello (2012) and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Mestre, Vicenze, Cremona and Verona. Finally, as a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner) since 2007, she most recently joined the choir in its 50th Anniversary celebratory tour, performing in King’s College, Cambridge, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona and in Versailles.

Dima Bwab's upcoming roles feature her débuts in the roles of The Sleep Fairy and The Dew Fairy in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the Opéra de Nantes between November 2015 and January 2016 and her debut at the Opéra de Dijon in Cherubini’s Médée next April 2016.

Source: Dima Bawab Website (2015)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2015)

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