Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
At the age of 14 Fatma Said embarked on a musical journey that would take her from her home in Cairo to the Academy of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and ultimately to the world’s most prestigious concert and opera stages. As an exclusive Warner Recording Artist she released her debut album, El Nour, in 2020 to much critical acclaim, winning numerous awards including the Gramophone Classical Music Award for Best Song Album, the BBC Music Magazine’s Vocal Award as well as Germany’s Opus Klassik.
Said took her first singing lessons in Cairo with soprano Neveen Allouba and later studied opera singing at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Professor Renate Faltin. Said subsequently was awarded a scholarship to study at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, becoming the first Egyptian soprano to perform on this iconic stage. In Milan she sang–among numerous other roles–Pamina in a new Peter Stein production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, after which the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung heralded, “The flawless, radiant Fatma Said as Pamina is a discovery.”