We have a new girl crush! And her name is Farrah El Dibany.
A little background info about our crushee: Farrah was born and raised in Alexandria. In 2005, she entered the Arts Centre of the Library of Alexandria, and then five years later, she enrolled in the Hanns-Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.
Farah got a Bachelor’s degree in architecture at Berlin’s Technische Universität (so she’s not just pretty, she’s smart, too!) and a Master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts (impressed by her? It’s gets better.)
Farrah has performed in all major venues in Cairo and Alexandria and received various national and international prizes. She performed several roles in renowned operas worldwide.
In 2013, she was awarded 3rd Prize at the International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition and she sang the role of Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Cairo Opera. In 2014, she appeared as Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Radialsystem V in Berlin and then, in 2015, in the title role of Carmen at the Neuköllner Oper. She was also named Best Young Opera Talent by Opernwelt magazine. She reprised the role in Rheinsberg after winning a prize at the 2017 Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival. Farrah then joined the Paris Opera Academy in September 2016. In 2018, she was awarded the “Wagner Stiftung” Prize and performed for the occasion at the Komische Oper in Berlin and at the Bayreuth Festival.
Her repertoire includes the alto solo sections of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Second and Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Amastre in Handel’s Xerxes, Martha in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She performed the alto solo passages of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion at the Palais Garnier for a choreographed piece by Simon Valastro. She also performs at the Paris Opera Academy where her roles include Kate Julian in Owen Wingrave and the Little Miss in Philippe Boesmans’ Reigen.
Bottom line: she’s the kind of singer that gives you goosebumps. You’ll be amazed at how such a strong voice comes out of a girl with such a delicate frame. One word: breathtaking!