American mezzo-soprano Nadia Fayad, acclaimed by Opera News for her “richly expressive lower register” and by the Wall Street Journal as displaying “a remarkably potent mezzo-soprano”, is quickly making a name for herself at home and abroad. She is passionate about conveying honesty and theatrical expression in her diverse roles in a variety of genres.
This past 2016-2017 season, Ms. Fayad joined Minnesota Opera as a resident artist performing Gertrude in Romeo and Juliette, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Chloe in L’arbore di Diana and Tina in a world premiere of Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom. In the summer of 2017 Ms. Fayad will join Des Moines Metro Opera and cover the roles of Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires and Charlotte in A Little Night Music.
Ms. Fayad recently received a Masters of Music from Rice University where she performed the leading role Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Melantho in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, and Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Fayad has also appeared as the featured alto soloist in the Bach Magnificat with the Rice Chorale under the musical direction of Thomas Jaber.
Ms. Fayad received her Bachelor’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music where she sang the roles of Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and Medoro in Händel’s Orlando. She was selected to perform the Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Chorus in Kodak Hall under the under the conductor Lee Wright.
This past 2016 summer season, Ms. Fayad was an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of the Baroness in Barber’s Vanessa and sang in the production of Romeo et Juliette.
In the 2015 summer season, Ms. Fayad sung as a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera as the hilarious Woman with Hat in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles. She also performed at the Filene Center as La Zia in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
In the upcoming 2017-2018 season, Ms. Fayad will join Minnesota Opera for her second season singing the roles of Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking, and Albine in Thaïs.