The soprano Soumaya Hallak is born in Geneva. The influence of a father originally Syrian and a Swiss mother has resulted in an upbringing involving cultures both oriental and occidental. She studies music at the « Conservatoire de Genève » with Marga Liskutin  and at the « Conservatoire de Lausanne » with Katarina Begert. In this context she participates in numerous concerts and operas at the « Grand Théatre de Genève ». During her formation she took part in master classes given by notable performers such as  José Van Dam, Tom Krause, Helmut Deutsch, Mikael Eliasen, Jocelyne Dienst, Alain Garichot, Micaela Von Gegerfelt, June Anderson, Marc Soustrot, Nadine Denize, Waltraud Meier…

She attends in 2001 and 2002 the « Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève », participating in the ensemble « les madrigalistes » directed  by Gabriel Garrido.

Between 2003 and 2006, she studies with Sherman Lowe in Venice and  then joins in 2006 the Opera Studio « La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth » where she matures under the direction of José Van Dam et Susanna Eken. She finishes with a diplome and a mention of great distinction.

Soumaya Hallak obtains in March 2005 a bachelor degree in music at the University Ca’Foscari in Venice.

In the summer of 2006, she obtains a special grant to participate at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth.

Her repertoire is very wide and has included works of Gluck, Cherubini, Berlioz, Britten, Verdi, Schumann, Schubert, Wagner, Rossini, Brahms, Rutter, Chappuis (world creation). This wide range of  repertoire lead her to perform in France, Italy and Switzerland. In 2003 she participated   in a performance of the Mozart’s Mass in C minor in China.

She also sang the « Misères et Consolations de ma vie » of J. J. Rousseau for the Espace Rousseau (original recording) and the Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Geneva. In 2005-2006 in Venice, Soumaya Hallak played the role of Ines in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

At the Grand Theater La Fenice (Venice), she also performed with the tenor Roman Sadnick in a recital of airs and duos of the great french operas.

At the same time, she started the project « Mozart secondo le donne e le donne secondo Mozart » with the pianist Anna d’Ericco and the soprano Ragnhild Kristina Motzfeldt , with whom she sings frequently in Italy.

In  2007, she performs the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi  with José Van Dam in the « Palais des Beaux-Arts  de Bruxelles » with the belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Paul Goodwin.

The same year, she is given the role of  Dorothée in J. Massenet’s Cendrillon  at the « Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie » in Brussels. This opera was repeated in October 2007 again at La Monnaie and in January 2008 at the « Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg ».

During 2008 Soumaya Hallak gave recitals at the « Palais des Beaux-Arts » in Charleroi, at Bozar and Flagey, at the Vexin Festival (Berlioz’s Nuits d’Eté) and also at Skagen in Denmark.

In the same year, within the program of the Opera Studio and under the direction of « Guy Van Waas et les agréments », she sang la Scena de Berenice in the project  Haydn Amore which was repeated at Lisbon in May 2009.

She performed also in the role of Alice Ford and with José Van Dam in the title role,  she interpretated parts from Falstaff at the gala  concert of BOZAR (Brussels) under the conducting of Walter Weller.

She participated at Little England at La Monnaie in 2009 with scenes from Albert Herring (Lady Billows) and The Rape of Lucretia (Bianca); in the same year, she performs with José Van dam and Béatrice Uria-Monzon  under the direction of C.Waren-Green in a tour with the Sinfonia Varsavia.

In this season, she has joined the opera studio at the royal opera of Copenhagen under the  direction of Anne Marghrete Dahl. She sung parts such as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw by Britten, Alceste in Alceste by Gluck, The Marshallin in der Rosenkavalier by Strauss.

She sang, in 2011 with Béatrice Uria-Monzon in récital in the « Festival des nuits musicales en Armagnac ».

The same year she did a concert in the Monnaie under the direction of Julian Reynolds with the « Orchestre national de Belgique ».

In 2011, she won the Migros prize « cent pour cent culturel ».

She took lessons with Francoise Pollet, Soprano and Hélène Lucas (coach) in Lyon.

Beginning of 2012 she sings the soprano part in the Deutsches Requiem of Brahms in the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

She did the part of Agathe in Don Bucefalo by A.Cagnoni in ZKO in Zürich.

In 2013, she is singing in several concerts in France, Belgium, Italy. She will do the Kronungsmesse by Mozart under the direction of Frédéric Lodéon.

She is also performing in concerts and has a beautiful duo: VO’CELLO with Suzanne Vermeyen, cellist. She formed also the duo LUX VOCIS with Anne-Fleur Inizan, mezzo.
They Created a show Called Pass(i)ons:6 with the actor Pietro Pizutti.

She attend in 2014 the « International Masterclasses for Lieder » in Brussel under the direction of Christianne Stotijn and his guests such as Harmut Höll, Mitsuko Shirai, Peter Schreier, Julius Drake and Christianne Stotijn.

She takes private lessons with Sandra Porter in London. She took masterclasses with Nadine Denize.

This winter 2015 she is engaged in « L’oeuvre au Noir » by Marguerite Yourcenar (adaptation Christine Delmotte) in « Théatre des Martyrs » in Brussels.

In 2016, she is performing with Duo Vo’Cello, Duo Lux Vocis and Margot Welleman.
In solo Recital with the pianists David Lévi and Ouri Bronchti.

She is preparing for several roles  including: Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride),  Elettra (Idomeneo) by Mozart, Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) by Mozart, Cassandre (Les Troyens) by Berlioz, Béatrice (Béatrice et  Bénedicte), Pénélope (Pénélope) by Fauré, Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) by Strauss, Lidoine (le Dialogues des Carmélites) by Poulenc, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) by Wagner and Bianca (eine Florentinische Tragödie) by Zemlinsky .

Last modified: july 2016

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