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 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 etc., 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...
Miss Ghanem can be heard in â€˜After Black Roomâ€™, 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 â€˜Come ready and see meâ€™ â€" 1997, a collection of love songs in Russian, French, English and Arabic and is also found on CDBaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/ghada2
In August 2004, Miss Ghanem gave a solo concert with Pianist Ramzi Yassa, sponsored by Talal Abu Ghazaleh & Co International at Cambridge University in England. Her Cambridge University Classical Concert was out in 2004.
You could hear it at: http://www.talalabughazaleh.com/HTML/Music/Music_9_en.html
This is her first Arabic album "Reehet Shiti" / â€˜Smell of rainâ€™, in which she sings in Lebanese the poems of poet Talal Haidar, is produced by Ghadafone @ 2005.
You are welcome to watch on Youtube the song she composed and which gave the title to the CD: Smell of Rain or Reehet Shiti at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZB7KwV2MKs
Also form the same CD, you could watch her sing Tarakouni Ahli (My parents left me) composed by the late Zaki Nassif performed with the Lebanese Oriental Symphony Orchestra
Miss Ghanem is also interested in Voice Teaching and her book The Land of Singing is published in 2007 by the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music, and is intended for all serious singers.
Ghada is also creator of Beirut Underground Opera (a group on facebook.com in the intention to create a network for all those who love opera)
Miss Ghanem is releasing her new album Ave Maria form 17 different composers, centuries and countries on http://cdbaby.com/cd/ghada3
Hope you will Enjoy it!