ENAS MASSALHA
Soprano
ZEFUNOT SCHOLARSHIP

Zefunot Culture introduced Enas  together with the pianist Hagai Yodan to its audience - and awarded her with a scholarship for her studies at the Berlin State Opera.

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BIOGRAPHY

Soprano Enas Massalha has been developing a career in opera and concert throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. On the operatic stage she has appeared with the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim in Die Zauberflöte, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, Viva la mamma, and Der Spieler, and she has also performed with the Israeli Opera in Attila, Die Lustige Witwe, L’elisir d’amore, and Half a Moon Tale. In 2009, Ms. Massalha was invited to create the title role of Amira in the world premiere of the first Palestinian opera The Sultana From Cadix by Juan Crisostomo Arriaga, which was performed in Ramallah with the support of Maestro Barenboim and the Barenboim Said Foundation.


Massalha has appeared in many festivals in Israel and abroad including the Salzburg Music Festival where she sang a selection of lieder with Maestro Barenboim at the piano, the Veneto Festival where she appeared in concert with
I Solisti Veneti, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Felicia Blumenthal Festival, as well as numerous gala concerts in the United States.

 
Massalha has appeared with many Israeli orchestras including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Rishon Lezion Orchestra, as well as abroad with orchestras including the Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini. Recently she performed as soloist in Requiem (Fauré) with the Oratorio Choir of Jerusalem, and St. Cecilia Mass (Gounod) with the Israel Chamber Orchestra under conductor Aharon Harlap.


Massalha was a member of the Young Artists Program of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden for 2 years, and was previously a member of the Opera Studio of the Israeli Opera where her repertoire included Die Zauberflöte, Orfeo ed Euridice, Hansel and Gretel, La Cenerentola, and L’elisir d’amore.


Massalha graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music where she studied with Gila Yaron, Miriam Meltzer and Marina Levit. During her studies she sang the role of Masanka in The Bartered Bride, she performed and recorded Three Psalms by Aharon Harlap for the Voice of Music Radio Network, and she appeared with members of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Arab musicians at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ms. Massalha has received awards from many organizations including The Apple Hill Ensemble (2000), The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (2000-2006), The International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) (2005-9), The Qattan Foundation (2007), The Said-Barenboim Foundation (2007), and The Liz Mohn Foundation (2007-2009).


Massalha was born in Israel to Arab parents and currently divides her time between Israel, New York, and Europe.