Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi, described as ‘a young singer of real promise’ by Opera Magazine, joined the Royal College of Music International Opera School in September 2013, studying with Janis Kelly and supported by a Sybil Tutton Award from Help Musicians UK. Last summer she made her professional debut, performing the role of Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites for Grange Park Opera, and returns to The Grange this summer to perform the role of First Niece in Jeremy Sams’s new production of Peter Grimes.
Soraya has recently been awarded the 2014 Maggie Teyte Prize (a prestigious award for the interpretation of French song) and a Miriam Licette Scholarship administered by Help Musicians UK. Recent roles include the title role in Arianna in Creta for the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings, The Fire and The Nightingale in James Bonas’s production of L’enfant et les sortilèges for RCMIOS and creating the role of Cheryl in Iain Burnside’s new music theatre piece Journeying Boys.
Concert highlights include appearing as a soloist in Britten’s Les illuminations at the Royal Festival Hall and performing as guest soloist for the Scottish International Cello Festival. Future engagements include a solo recital at The Royal Opera House Crush Room, roles for English National Opera and performances of Fauré’s Requiem and The Armed Man at The Royal Albert Hall.
Soraya is grateful for support from the Van Der Beughels, Douglas and Hilda Simmons, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Countess of Munster Trust, Selfridges & Co and for the constant guidance of her past teacher Sandra Dugdale. When not singing, Soraya enjoys dancing, cooking, red wine and spending time with her two leonbergers, Brutus and Samson!
‘. . .her star potential is obvious.’ Sunday Times