Ashraf Sewailam makes his company debut as Osmin in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and Queequeg in Heggie’s Moby-Dick. Engagements for Mr. Sewailam during the 2017-18 season include directing Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Dell Arte Opera, performing the role of Capitán in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas with Madison Opera, Monterone in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, and Opera Carolina, where he also performs Lignieres in DiChiera’s Cyrano. On the concert stage, he will sing a concert entitled Eternal Spirit with Boulder Bach Festival and a recital with pianist Kenneth Osowski at York College. Additionally, he sings on a recording of a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, The 13th Child. Future seasons see Mr. Sewailam with San Diego Opera, Austin Opera, and Central City Opera.
Past engagements featured Mr. Sewailam in the roles of Mustafa in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri with Portland Opera, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with San Diego Opera, and Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio. He also performed the bass solo in both Händel’s Messiah with American University in Beirut and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Cairo Symphony.
Mr. Sewailam was named a prize winner at the New Voices (Neue Stimmen) international competition in Gütersloh, Germany and was featured in the opening concert of the New Alexandria Library singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Arabic. In addition to his singing engagements, Mr. Sewailam has taught at the American University in Cairo, and served as music director for Disney Character Voice International (DCVI), dubbing Disney productions into Arabic, and performed several of the characters. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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