Amira ELMADFA  Mezzosopran
 
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Amira Elmadfa’s debut as CLORINDE in Lucia Rochetti’s world premiere of ‘Rivals’ on the occasion of the reopening of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden in autumn 2017 was internationally noticed. For this interpretation she was awarded with the German Theatre Prize Faust She also played this very role at the Braunschweig State Theatre. Before, she enjoyed huge successes as CHERUBINO at the Vienna Popular Opera and at the Dresden State Operetta.

Since 2015 the mezzo soprano regularly sings FLORA in “La Traviata” at the German Opera Berlin in an international cast. In 2018, she also succeeded here as ANNA KENNEDY in concerts of “Maria Stuarda” with Diana Damrau in the title role.

From 2015 until 2017 she could be seen as ROSINA, HÄNSEL, the FOX in “The Cunning Little Vixen”, MERCEDES in “Carmen” , GIUNONE in “La Calisto” and DORABELLA in “Così fan tutte” at the Darmstadt State Theatre.

Previously, the German artist made her successful debut as OCTAVIAN in “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Altenburg Theatre in Gera. ‚Amira Elmadfa’s appearance is the ideal of a 17-year-old young man of a respectable family with a soft, smooth mezzo voice.’ Opernwelt

From 2009 to 2013 Amira Elmadfa was a member of the Theatre Kiel ensemble and could be seen here in such roles as ROSINA in „Il barbiere di Siviglia”, NICLAUSSE /MUSE in “Les Contes d‘Hoffmann”, PAGE in “Salome”, HÄNSEL in “Hänsel und Gretel” , the 2nd DAME in “Die Zauberflöte”, DORABELLA in “Cosi fan tutte”, GOFFREDO in “Rinaldo”, SIEBEL in “Faust”, ZERLINA in “Don Giovanni”, FLORA in “La Traviata”, OTTILIE in “Im Weissen Rössl”, ROSETTE in “Manon” and ZENOBIA in “Radamisto”.

Amira started her musical education at the University of Vienna, where she studied Music and Theatre Sciences. In parallel, she obtained singing lessons with KS Hilde Zadek. She completed her singing studies at the Karlsruhe Conservatory of Music with diploma in 2009. Amira Elmadfa attended master classes with KS Brigitte Fassbaender, KS Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and KS Julia Varady.While still studying at the Karlsruhe Conservatory, the singer could be seen in such roles as Händel’s LUCREZIA, L’ENFANT in ‘L’enfant et les Sortileges’, and PAULINE in ‘Pique Dame’.

Amira Elmadfa wan the 1st Prize in DAS LIED, the International Song Competition in Berlin, the Lied Special Prize at the Bergheim Singer Prize and the Advancement Award at the Competition of the Freiburg Academy. She gave Lieder gala concerts at the Lucerne Festival, the Austrian Cultural Formur New York, the Arnold Schönberg Centre, the Kiel Theatre and on the MS Europa.

Concert engagements brought the attractive artist to the Music Days Franken, the Thüringen Bach Weeks, the Händel Festival in Karlsruhe, to the Darmstadtium, to the Vienna Concert House and the Basle Concert House, to Spain with Thomas Hengelbrock and in 2018 to the International Baroque Festival of Gran Canaria.

In 2018 she was CHERUBINO in “Figaro” and HENRI in Heuberger’s “The Opera Ball” at the Vienna Popular Opera and CHERUBINO and HANSEL at the Dresden State Operetta. She also made her successful debut as DIDO in “Dido and Aeneas” at the Weimar National Theatre.

In 2018/19 she is a.o. DORABELLA at the Weimar National Theatre and at the Nuremburg State Theatre and she returns as CHERUBINO to the Dresden State Operetta.

Moreover, in 2019 she makes her debut as DONNA ELVIRA in “Don Giovanni” at the Innsbruck Theatre. In the season 19/20 she returns as HANSEL to the Dresden State Operetta and portrays ROBIN in Offenbach’s “King Carrot” at the Vienna Popular Opera.


 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Staatstheater Nürnberg – Cosi fan tutte - DORABELLA
Amira Elmadfa is an equally passionate and lively Dorabella with a richly timbred, agile mezzo voice.
Süddeutsche Zeitung
www.sueddeutsche.de
Absolutely leasing this evening the vocal qualities:… with her enchantingly dark mezzo voice Dorabella’s “Smanie implacabili”, in perfect vocal harmony also in the duets credible sisters.
bachtrack
www.bachtrack.com
Together with the vivacious, vocally no less convincing Amira Elmadfa they built a perfectly harmonizing pair of sisters, also in their vocal colors.
Juan Martin Koch
www.nmz.de
And when the Julia Grüter and Amira Elmadfa as the sister Fiordiligi and Dorabella nimbly swng on Mozart’s love pirouettes, you can’t do bu one thing: listen.
BR-Klassik
www.br-klassik.de
Amira Elmadfa is a girlish, refreshingly non-dramatical Dorabella, working with plenty of little nuances.
Merkur
www.merkur.de
Nationaltheater Weimar – Cosi fan tutte – DORABELLA
Amira Elmadfa, who jumped in on short notice as Dorabella. Which was not at all noticed. She acts securely, she has the cheeky tone of pertness but also an sensibility of velvet mezzo sounds in her withdrawal.. In her role interpretation she leaves it open, whether she can cope with her sister setting the tone in the erotic schedule.
Opernglas (3/2019)- B. Gruhl
Amira Elmadfa as her delightfully flexible sister Dorabella.
NMZ
www.nmz.de
Deutsche Oper Berlin - Maria Stuarda -ANNA KENNEDY
…with her intimate Anna (excellent: Amira Elmadfa)…
Der neue Merker 06/2018 - Käthe Wegler-Heinze
Amira Elmadfa sang the part of Anna Kennedy with warm and round vocal tones.
Der Opernfreund
www.deropernfreund.de
Mezzo soprano Amira Elmadfa’s portrayal of Anna Kennedy was earthy and extremely secure.
ioco Kultur im Netz
www.ioco.de
Amira Elmadfa as Anna Kennedy enriched the ensembles with her harmonious, very strong mezzo voice.
Der Opernfreund
www.deropernfreund.de
Amira Elmadfa as Maria’s court lady was extremely present but at the same time she sang the role with soft tones.
Morgenpost
www.morgenpost.de
Casting the mezzo soprano Amira Elmadfa for the role of Anna Kennedy was a carefully considered decision.
Opera Lounge
www.operalounge.de
…also Nicolas Testé, Dong-Hwan Lee and Amira Elmadfa gave excellent performances in the minor roles.
Klassik begeistert
www.klassik-begeistert.de
Amira Elmadfa escorts her mistress to the scaffold with a softly conforting voice.
Online Merker
www.onlinemerker.de
Volksoper Wien - Der Opernball - HENRI
Amira Elmadfa’s play (Henri) had a boyisch effect, which perfectly suited the role. Besides, she pleased with her pastose mezzo voice.
Der neue Merker 04/2018 Gerhard Ottinger
The role of Henri suits Elmadfa ( mezzo soprano) perfectly well. She is very convincing as Henri, the Schachtelhuber's nephew, who takes glances at Helene. Elmadfa never makes an androgyn impression and doesn't play with exaggerated gender stereotyping. Her entire behavious on stage, her body language and facial expressions is masculinely scurlish. She is defenitively the best actress of the evening. Hats off to so much pubescent, youthful charms!
Klassik begeistert
www.klassik-begeistert.de
Sympathetic, youthfully fresh, the nephew Henri (Amira Elmadfa)
Kronen Zeitung
Amira Elmadfa as Henri, who sang with a beautiful mezzo voice and played enhtusiastically.
Online Merker
www.der-neue-merker.eu
Among the soloists Amira Elmadfa as Henri with her beautiful mezzo voice and her enthusiasm are particularly worth mentioning.
Mottingers Meinung
www.mottingers-meinung.at
...and Amira Elmadfa filled the stage on her own and caught the listener's attention with her warm timbred mezzo voice..
Die Presse
Except for Sieglinde Feldhofer (Helene) and Amira Elmadfa (Henri) there is mostly vocal dullness.
Wiener Zeitung
www.wienerzeitung.at
Nationaloper Weimar - Dido und Aeneas - DIDO
Amagnificent, even world class performance. Above all by Amira Elmadfa (Dido). Her beautifully softly timbred mezzo voice, nuancedly enduring all emotional states , is a voice to be kept in mind.
Frankfurter Allgemeine - CHRISTIANE WIESENFELDT
www.faz.net
With the mezzo soprano Amira Elmadfa as Dido....who has a warm timbred voice with grounded depth. Her authentic singing, a kind of deeply touching pureness, creates islands of musical art midst all shallows of Dido’s struggle with her memories.
Opernglas – 1/2018
Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin – Rivale - CLORINDE
"There she is. Amira Elmadfa standing on a platform marked out by iron rods."

"With her dark brown eyes and her charming smile she looks the audience right into the eyes. Being just a arm’s length away from the spectators, she cannot hide anything nor does she want to. Unsparing of herself she reveals her emotions little by little… With only her melodious mezzo voice and astounding physical play, Amira Elmadfa illustrates her current situation and the upcoming tragic development in this chamber opera for a female voice by Lucia Ronchetti…"

"A mysterious, psychologically meant event, sung by Amira Elmadfa in all variations. Overall this is an extremely demanding part, but Amira’s voice does more than sing in this 60 minutes solo work. It is able to scrape, slide, scream, soundfully whisper and sing coloraturas, never sounding unpleasant. (Amira Elmadfa made her debut at the Vienna Popular Opera in the season 2016/17 with Mozart’s Cherubino)"

"One can hear ove and hate, fear and determination. Everyone understands what is happening and how she is feeling even without the translation. Besides because of her convincing play, one cannot get one’s eyes off of her."

"This exceptional performance was rewarded by a big, long applause"

Ursula Wiegand
www.der-neue-merker.eu
"…with the inauguration of the new work shop, the state opera celebrated a big success, due in the first place to the wonderful singer-actress Amira Elmadfa. With her dark, brilliant mezzosoprano voice she doesn’t just sing, she also currs, whispers and hisses. Breathtakingly perfect she changes between recitative and melody. The performance started with a long silence and also ended with one, due to the audience’s emotions and it’s admiration for the soloist."
Der Opernfreund
www.deropernfreund.de
Staatstheater Darmstadt - Konzert
In Dorabella’s aria, Amira Elmadfa developed glowing voice volume.
Echo Online
www.echo-online.de
Staatsoperette Dresden - Figaros Hochzeit - CHERUBINO
Amira Elmadfa’s Cherubino is a pubescent boy, who lets his destructive drives run wild. The singer pleases with her flexible and rich voice.
Der neue Merker - Christoph Suhre
Vienna Popular Opera - Figaros Hochzeit - CHERUBINO
Cherubino, as resiliently sung and acted by Amira Elmadfa, embodies the fresh air that runs through this production.
www.bachtrack.com/de
Staatstheater Darmstadt - Carmen - MERCEDES
Also vocally excellent Jana Baumeister (Frasquita) and Amira Elmadfa (Mercédès).
www.fr-online.de
Berlin - Deutsche Oper: La traviata
Buono il resto dei comprimari, in particolare la Flora di Amira Elmadfa.
www.operaclick.com
Staatstheater Darmstadt - La Calisto - JUNO
'Also Juno (vocally beautiful and impressive : Amira Elmadfa) the jelaous wife has some different facets. One moment, she sovereignly guides a revenge campain and the next she suddenly covers her face with her hands, crying over Jupiter's repetitive cheatings. Her crying really gets under one's skin..'
www.echo-online.de
'Or the mezzosoprano Amira Elmadfa, who dominates the stage like no other.'
www.fr-online.de
St.John Passion - Darmstadtium
The aria "It is fulfilled" was seldom sung wich such impressiveness. The interpretor, alto singer Amira Elmadfa, made a large pause before her first prformance.
www.echo-online.de
Darmstadt State Theatre - The Cunning Little Vixen - FOX
'...and with her warmly shining, unforced mezzosoprano voice AMIRA ELMADFA as the little vixen is remarkale, especially in the high registers. Their duet is the musical highlight.'
www.der-neue-merker.eu
Stadttheater Darmstadt - Il barbiere di Siviglia - ROSINA
'High praise for the ensemble, in this staging carried by two pillars: the young Amira Elmadfa, a new member of the Darmstadt ensemble, giving her brilliant debut as Rosina...'
Darmstädter Tageblatt
www.darmstaedter-tagblatt.de
A new member of the ensemble is the Lich-born soprano Amira Elmadfa, who plays the role of the moody Rosina with a crystal-clear voice, nimble coloraturas and enormous enthusiasm.
www.echo-online.de
Theater Altenburg/Gera - Peter Grimes - AUNTIE
'Amira Elmadfaa, member of the Altenburg/Gera since this season, is not only an excellent actress, she also has a beatiful, flexibly guided voice.'
Der neue Merker Vienna, Christoph Suhre, 03/2015
Altenburg Gera Theatre - Der Rosenkavalier - OCTAVIAN
‚Amira Elmadfa is a passionately singing t Octavian with a enchantingly beautiful dark mezzo soprano vcoice and „great“ tone.‘
OnlineMusicMagazin
 
 
 
SZENENFOTOS
Staatstheater Nürnberg – Cosi fan tutte – DORABELLA
 
Staatstheater Nürnberg – Cosi fan tutte – DORABELLA
 
Deutsche Oper Berlin - Maria Stuarda - final applause
 
Volksoper Wien - Der Opernball - HENRI
 
Nationaloper Weimar - Dido und Aeneas - DIDO
 
Volksoper Wien - Figaros Hochzeit - Cherubino
 
Volksoper Wien - Figaros Hochzeit - Cherubino
 
Theater Kiel - Giulio Cersare - SESTO
 
Theater Kiel - Agrippina - NERONE
 
Staatstheater Darmstadt - Das schlaue Füchslein - FUCHS
 
Staatstheater Darmstadt - Der Barbier von Sevilla - ROSINA
 
Staatstheater Darmstadt - Der Barbier von Sevilla - ROSINA
 
Staatstheater Darmstadt - La Calisto - JUNO
 
Theater Altenburg - Martha - NANCY
 
Theater Altenburg - Martha - NANCY
 
Theater Kiel - Don Giovanni - ZERLINA
 
Theater Altenburg-Gera - Der Rosenkavalier - OCTAVIAN
 
Theater Altenburg-Gera - Der Rosenkavalier - OCTAVIAN
 
Theater Kiel - Radamisto - ZENOBIA
 
Theater Kiel - Cosi fan tutte - DORABELLA
 
 
 
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