Ghada Ghanem, Soprano
Ghada Ghanem, one of the Semi-finalists at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 1996/ Eastern region in NYC, is a Higher Lebanese National Conservatory graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Law/ St. Joseph University/Lebanon and a Master's in Vocal Performance/ Rice University in Houston, TX.
Her Houston Grand Opera Début was in Le Nozze di Figaro in 1991. Miss Ghanem had won the Encouragement Award from the Wagner Society, in NYC/1995. She has also concertized in Russia, Japan, Lebanon, Canada, and the USA at major concert halls like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Dag Hammerjskold Auditorium, the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, Symphony Space, CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, MIT Univ., Detroit Museum, George Washington Univ., Ann Arbor, Agnes Scott college in Atlanta, The Museum of civilizations in Ottawa, Univ. of Massachusetts, Theatre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts/Montreal. in the Tchaikovsky Hall /Moscow and in Act City Hall in Hamamatsu /Japan, The Royal Palace Theater/ Amman, The International Damascus Festival, the Babylon Festival in Iraq, and King’s College in Cambridge.
Miss Ghanem can be heard in ‘After Black Room’, A Composition by Sarah Plant (A Middle Eastern Chant on Robaiyyat Omar Al-Khayyam), commissioned by Bill T. Jones Dance Group, New York - 1996. Her first self-produced recording is titled ‘Come ready and see me’ – 1997, a collection of love songs in Russian, French, English and Arabic. Se was also invited to record an album of classical and operatic songs in Tibor Varga Studio in Sion, Switzerland for the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization. Her first Album in Arabic is ‘Smell of rain’, in which she sings in Lebanese the poems of poet Talal Haidar set to music by different Arab composers. Her last album Ave Maria is a collection of 17 Ave Maria from different centuries, languages and countries: Italy, France, Australia, Germany, Philippines, Japan and Brazil. Both CDs Reehet Shiti and Ave Maria were designed by graphic artist Mayda Freije Makdessi.
In 2008, The Higher Lebanese National Conservatory also published her book on the basics of singing - “The Land of Singing”, in Arabic.
Since her return from the USA, Miss Ghanem resides in Lebanon and is a dedicated voice teacher at the Higher Lebanese National Conservatory. She performs regularly with both the Eastern and the Western Lebanese National Symphonies. She has also created an online group for all those who like to encourage opera in Lebanon and called it: Beirut Underground Opera. This virtual project is bringing together, as its first project, a song cycle composed by the American composer Walter Foster, based in Huntsville, TX and by the Lebanese Mystic Poet Talal Haidar, first time heard in English, composed especially for her. It was premiered last September in Ovations Theater, in Houston/TX and in Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.
She was invited by the Conseil General des Bouches du Rhones in Southern France to perform 13 concerts during the month of December 2009, in the churches and cathedrals of the region, a co-production of Festival Suds à Arles and Arab New Trends Limited. She was accompanied by Olga Bolun on the piano.
In January 2010 she performed with The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Wojciech Czepiel Bach wedding cantata no 202 and arias from Handel's Messiah.