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October 1, 2, 3, 2013
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Angelotti in Tosca, Lyric Opera Baltimore
November 1, 3, 2013
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Poo-bah in The Mikado, Opera Memphis
January 16, 18, 2014
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Tom in Un ballo in Maschera, San Diego Opera
March 8, 11, 14, 16, 2014
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Beethoven & Commendatore in The Classical Style (Opera World Premiere), Ojai Music Festival
June 13, 19, 20 2014
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Ashraf Sewailam

Bass-Baritone

The New York Times hailed Egypt native Ashraf Sewailam’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a “stand out performance” and Opera News described his voice as “purring and velvety with an easily produced Ramfis-like top range with a majestic tone,” and his stage presence as “strong, mysterious and with mesmerizing intensity”.

Recently, in his debut with New Zealand Opera as the assassin Sparafucile in Rigoletto, he was described as “hard to better, both vocally and dramatically.” Last summer, he also performed Alidoro in Cinderella with Queensland Opera in Australia. Ashraf made his United States debut in 2004 with Opera Colorado performing the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni.  Quickly becoming a house favorite, he has subsequently performed there as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Future engagements include Angelotti in Tosca with Lyric Opera Baltimore; a return to San Diego Opera for Un Ballo in Maschera; Queeqweg in scenes from Moby Dick with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Poo Bah in The Mikado with Opera Memphis; and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera.

 

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…the standout was Ashraf Sewailam…
 L’Incantesimo“The standout was the Egyptian bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam as the wizard. Mr. Sewailam was equally persuasive as Uin-Sci, the wise doctor of “L’Oracolo.” -The New York Times 
…striking in his consistency…
 Aida“Egyptian bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam, appropriately cast here as the Egyptian King, has matured impressively since his SDO debut in Salome last season. Vocally imposing as the Third Tempter in last month’s Murder In The Cathedral, he was equally striking in his consistency throughout the challenging range of low to high notes in his current role. One hopes to see more of him in future productions.” -Opera Pulse
Composer Opera Role
Beethoven Fidelio Rocco
Bizet Carmen Escamillo, Zuniga
Bizet Les Pecheurs des Perles Nourabad
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Collatinus
Donizetti Don Pasquale Don Pasquale
L’Elisir d’Amore Dulcamara
Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo
Gounod Faust Mephistopheles
Romeo et Juliette Frere Laurent, Capulet
Hammerstein The King and I King
Handel Alcina Melisso
Ariodante Il Re
Giulio Cesare Achilla
Orlando Zoroastro
Heggie Dead Man Walking Guard
Leoni L’Oracolo Uin Sci
Massenet Manon Le Comte des Grieux
Thais Palemon
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors Balthazar, Melchior
The Consul Secret Police Agent
Montemezzi L’Incantesimo Salomone
La Nave Orso Faledro
Mozart Bastien und Bastienne Colas
Cosi fan Tutte Don Alfonso
Don Giovanni Leporello
Le nozze di Figaro Figaro, Bartolo
Die Zauberflote Sarastro, Speaker
Pizzetti Assaassinio nella Cattedrale Third Tempter, Third Knight
Puccini La boheme Colline
Gianni Schicchi Simone
Tosca Angelotti
Turandot Mandarin, Timur
Manon Lescaut Geronte
Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortileges Fauteuil, Arbre
Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri Mustafa
La Cenerentola Alidoro, Don Magnifico
Il Signor Bruschino Gaudenzio
Il barbiere di Siviglia Bartolo, Basilio, Fiorello
Strauss Salome Fifth Jew, First Nazarene
Sullivan Iolanthe Private Willis
Pirates of Penzance Pirate King
Ruddigore Old Adam
Verdi Aida Ramfis
Un Ballo in Maschera Sam, Tom
Falstaff Pistola
Rigoletto Sparafucile
Il trovatore Ferrando
The New York Times hailed Egypt native Ashraf Sewailam’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a “stand out performance” and Opera News described his voice as “purring and velvety with an easily produced Ramfis-like top range with a majestic tone,” and his stage presence as “strong, mysterious and with mesmerizing intensity”.

Recently, in his debut with New Zealand Opera as the assassin Sparafucile in Rigoletto, he was described as “hard to better, both vocally and dramatically.” Last summer, he also performed Alidoro in Cinderella with Queensland Opera in Australia. Ashraf made his United States debut in 2004 with Opera Colorado performing the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni.  Quickly becoming a house favorite, he has subsequently performed there as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Future engagements include Angelotti in Tosca with Lyric Opera Baltimore; a return to San Diego Opera for Un Ballo in Maschera; Queeqweg in scenes from Moby Dick with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Poo Bah in The Mikado with Opera Memphis; and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera.

Recent US performances have included Colline in La bohème, Pistola in Falstaff, and Mandarin in Turandot with Seattle Opera; the King in Aida and Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera; Secret Police Agent in The Consul with Chautauqua Opera; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Fresno Grand Opera; Ferrando in Il trovatore with Chautauqua Opera and Virginia Opera; Ramfis in Aida and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Virginia Opera; Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance with Lyric Opera San Diego; Colline in La bohème with The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore with Baton Rouge Opera; and Escamillo in Carmen with Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

Mr. Sewailam’s recent concert appearances include Orso Faledro in La Nave, Uin-Sci in Leoni’s L’Oracolo, and Salomone in Montemezzi’s L’Incantesimo at Avery Fisher Hall; his Carnegie Hall debut as the Bass soloist in Rutter’s Mass of the Children; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with The Colorado Mahlerfest; and the Bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Phoenix Symphony. He has also appeared numerous times with The Colorado Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival. His concert repertoire includes Bach’s Saint John PassionMagnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and Lutheran Masses in F and A; Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and Lord Nelson’s Mass; Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers, and the Verdi Requiem. Mr. Sewailam also has a commercial recording on the Bridge label in which he performs Songs from the Hebrew by Stefan Wolpe.

Mr. Sewailam began his career as a Cairo Opera Company house soloist, where he performed many roles including Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Gaudenzio in Il Signor Bruschino, Ramfis in Aida, Palémon in Thaïs, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Mr. Sewailam was named a prize winner at the New Voices international competition (Neue Stimmen) in Gütersloh, Germany and was featured in the opening concert of the New Alexandria Library in 2002 singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 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, as well as performing several of the characters himself. He earned his Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

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