Soprano singer Farah El Dibany is the very first Egyptian ever to win the Prix Lyrique de l’AROP. The award is considered to be the most prestigious an opera singer can receive, courtesy of the Paris Opera House. Based on the Opera de Paris, this annual international award is tailor-made to the appraisal of opera singers, and is given to one female and one male soprano.
Farah joined the Paris Opera House back in 2016, where she became the first Egyptian resident of the Paris Opera House Foundation. In the presence of both Egyptian and the French officials, El Dibany performed a song from the show Carmen, by Bizet, at the awards ceremony.
Aside from the award, Dibany has represented the Paris Opera house at several venues across the globe, including the Biennale dell’Arte at the French Pavilion in Venice, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Cairo Opera House, and the Alexandrian Opera House. Additionally, El Dibany was awarded the Wagner Prize. A while ago, in 2015 to be specific, the soprano’s performance in Carmen allowed her to snatch the title of the Best Upcoming Young Opera Singer, as decided by a survey that was conducted by the Opernwelt Magazine Yearbook. Furthermore, El Dibany is currently a jury member of the German music competition, Jugend Musiziert, in the national round of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
We’re always so incredibly proud when we see Egyptians excelling in all sorts of fields and disciplines.