The New York Times hailed Ashraf Sewailam’s début at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a “stand out performance” and Opera News” Recently, in his début 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 La Cenerentola with Queensland Opera in Australia. Ashraf made his United States début in 2004 with Opera Colorado quickly becoming a company favorite. He also performs frequently with San Diego Opera and Seattle Opera. Mr. Sewailam began his career as a Cairo Opera Company house soloist, was named a prize winner at the New Voices (Neue Stimmen) international competition in Gütersloh, Germany and was featured in the opening concert of the New Alexandria Library.
|Les pêcheurs de perles||Nourabad|
|Britten||The Rape of Lucretia||Collatinus|
|Donizetti||Don Pasquale||Title role|
|L’elisir d’Amore||Dottor Dulcamara|
|Lucia di Lammermoor||Raimondo|
|Gilbert & Sullivan||Iolanthe||Private Willis|
|Pirates of Penzance||Pirate King|
|Roméo et Juliette||Le comte Capulet, Frère Laurent|
|Ariodante||Il Re di Scozia|
|Heggie||Dead Man Walking||George Benton|
|Massenet||Manon||Le comte des Grieux|
|Menotti||Amahl and the Night Visitors||Balthazar, Melchior|
|The Consul||Secret Police Agent|
|La nave||Orso Faledro|
|Mozart||Bastien et Bastienne||Colas|
|Così fan tutte||Don Alfonso|
|Le nozze di Figaro||Title role, Bartolo|
|Die Zauberflöte||Sarastro, Sprecher|
|Pizzetti||Assassinio nella cattedrale||Terzo Tentatore, Terzo Cavaliere|
|Turandot||Un Mandarino, Timur|
|Manon Lescaut||Geronte di Ravoir|
|Ravel||L’enfant et les sortilèges||Le Fauteuil|
|Rodgers & Hammerstein||The King and I||The King of Siam|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Bartolo, Basilio, Fiorello|
|La Cenerentola||Alidoro, Don Magnifico|
|L’italiana in Algeri||Mustafà|
|Il signor Bruschino||Gaudenzio|
|Strauss||Salome||Fünfte Jude, Erster Nazarener|
|Un ballo in maschera||Sam, Tom|
Recently, in his début 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 La Cenerentola with Queensland Opera in Australia. Ashraf made his United States début 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, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and is slated to return in 2016. This is season, Mr. Sewailam appears as Leporello in Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera and San Diego Opera; Alidoro in La Cenerentola at New Zealand Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, The Narrator in Peter and the Wolf at The Boston Symphony, and a rousing performance as Beethoven/Commendatore in Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Steven Stucky’s opera The Classical Style at Carnegie Hall, a role he recently created at Ojai Music Festival.
Recent US performances have included a return to San Diego Opera forRamfis in Aïda, Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella cattedrale, and Tom in Un ballo in maschera; Angelotti in Tosca with Lyric Opera Baltimore; Pooh-Bah in The Mikado with Opera Memphis; Escamillo in Carmen and Queeqweg in scenes from Moby Dick with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Colline in La bohème, Pistola in Falstaff, and Mandarin in Turandot with Seattle 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 Aïda 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; and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Baton Rouge 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 début 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 also appeared numerous times with The Colorado Symphony, Boulder Bach Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival. His concert repertoire includes Bach’s Saint John’s Passion, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and Lutheran Masses in F and A; Händel’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 Aïda, Palémon in Thaïs, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Mr. Sewailam was named a prize winner at the New Voices (Neue Stimmen) international competition 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 taught at the American University in Cairo, and served as music director for Disney Character Voice International (DCVI) dubbing Disney productions into Arabic, and performed several of the characters. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.