Named “Emerging Opera Singer of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine and first-prize winner at the renowned Neue Stimmen Competition in 2019, Anna El-Khashem is a rising star. Lebanese Russian Soprano, Anna El-Khashem completed her musical studies at the State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. El-Khashem made her Russian debut at the Conservatory as Luisa in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery and made her international debut at the Bregenzer Festspiele the following year as Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. El-Khashem was subsequently invited to join the Opera Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper and became a member of the company ensemble in 2017. El-Khashem performed in a series of new productions at Bayerische Staatsoper, singing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Mermaid in Oberon, Esmeralda in Die Verkaufte Braut, Inès in La Favorite, and Coryphée in Alceste. She also sang under the baton of many of today’s leading conductors, including Kirill Petrenko, Constantinos Carydis, Ivor Bolton, Giacomo Sagripanti, Bertrand de Billy, and Simone Young.
In August of 2019, Anna El-Khashem sang her first Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the New Generation Festival in Florence. She then joined the ensemble of Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where her roles have included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Second Niece in Peter Grimes, the soprano in a staged production of St. Matthew Passion, and Susanna in their new production of Le Nozze di Figaro. In season 2020/21, El-Khashem made her house debut at Opéra national de Paris as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito. Season 2021/22, Anna returned to Paris to reprise the role of Susanna in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro under Maestro Dudamel and for her debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She debuted at Opernhaus Zurich on the concert stage with the Orchestra La Scintilla under Maestro Riccardo Minasi to perform rare works of Johann Christian Bach. This was followed by a series of Mozart Concerts at Bad Reichenhall and Augsburg with the Orchester Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall. In Summer of 2022, El-Khashem made a triumphant debut at the Verbier Festival as Zerlina alongside Peter Mattei’s Don Giovanni.
Season 2022/23 began with El-Khashem’s debut in the wild Calixto Bieito production of the rare Francesco Cavalli opera Eliogabalo at Opernhaus Zürich. She returned to Staatstheater Wiesbaden for her role debut as Marzelline in Fidelio. This season, the young soprano will participate in a unique recording of historical war songs in honor of the lost souls of war. She will also perform a series of private concerts later this season.
First prize winner at the Neue Stimmen in 2019, Anna El-Khashem also won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in February of 2018 and received a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Mozart. In the same year, she was awarded the Trude Eipperle Rieger-Preis. She was also the first-prize winner at the Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Vocalists, the first-prize winner at the Zara Dolukhanova International Art Songs Competition – Amber Nightingale in Königsberg, and the recipient of a Russian Ministry of Culture national scholarship. Ms. El-Khashem has participated in master classes with Elena Obraztsova, Brigitte Fassbaender, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Edith Wiens, Natalie Dessay, and Larissa Gergieva.