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Watch… Hiba Tawaji visits the pyramids

Saturday 14/July/2018 - 03:57 PM
Hiba Tawaji
Hiba Tawaji
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Lebanese soprano، Hiba Tawaji took to her social media accounts on Saturday to post pictures of her visit to the pyramids.

“Egypt mother of wonders، Hope to be back soon...” She captioned.

Tawaji، 30، made her first visit to Egypt on April 27، where she arrived at the Cairo International Airport in preparation for her first-ever concert، which was be held on April 30.

She performed her first-ever concert in Egypt at Taj City in the Fifth Settlement، with Sphinx Symphony Orchestra، conducted by Dr. Hany Hassan، and under the leadership of Lebanese musician، Oussama Rahbani، amid a large crowd.

She began the concert with greeting her audience، before performing her new song "Sallem aala Masr"، and dedicated it to the Egyptian citizens.

During the concert، she also performed a number of her songs.

Noteworthy، Hiba Michel Tawaji، born December 10، 1987، is a Lebanese soprano coloratura singer، actress، and director. 

Born in Achrafieh، Beirut to a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother، she grew up in Elissar، in the Matn District. She learned music at a young age، however، she avoided to sing in front of her parents at home. From 1990 and until 2005، Tawaji studied in Athenee de Beyrouth School and got her BA in French literature. From 2002 until 2007، she took singing lessons and solfeggio at Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine. Then she went to Saint Joseph University of Beirut، IESAV، and majored in audio-visual and cinematographic studies، earning her B.A. in 2010.

Since 2007، she has been developing vocal techniques and interpretation with Lebanese producer and composer Oussama Rahbani. As well as taking vocal lessons with Lebanese singer and vocal coach Wadih Abi Raad. She also took private opera lessons with Galina Khaldeeva.

Between May and July 2010، she took vocal lessons with Emmy Award winner Gwen Conley in New York. In that same period، she followed a three-month intensive acting workshop at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

She played the main female role in some of the most known Rahbani musicals. She also participated in the fourth season of France's version of The Voice، in which she was coached by Mika. 

She sings in Arabic، English and French. After The Voice، she signed up with Mercury Records in 2015. 

On 30 May 2016، it was announced that Tawaji will join the cast of Notre-Dame de Paris as Esmeralda in the revival of the musical.

She also has 3 Arabic musical albums produced by Oussama Rahbani.

In 2015، Tawaji took part in the fourth season of The Voice: la plus belle voix، France's version of The Voice. In the blind auditions، she auditioned with "Les Moulins de mon cœur" by Michel Legrand with all four judges، Mika، Florent Pagny، Jenifer and Zazie turning their chairs. Tawaji opted to be in Team Mika. The blind audition was broadcast on day 3 of the auditions on 24 January 2015.

On 7 March 2015، in the Battles Round، Mika put her against Nög، another contestant in his team، both co-singing in "Mon amie la rose" from Françoise Hardy. Mika chose to keep Tawaji to the next round، with Nög being stolen by coach Zazie.

On 28 March، during the "L'Épreuve ultime" round، she interpreted "Fighter"، a song by Christina Aguilera. She ended up staying in the Top 3 of Team Mika alongside Sharon Laloum and Yann'Sine Jebli، with David Thibault being stolen by Mika from Team Florent Pagny as a fourth new member of Team Mika.

In the live rounds، she sang "Everytime" from Britney Spears and was saved by public vote as top pick from Team Mika. In the second live round، she sang "Amoureuse" from Véronique Sanson again ending as public favourite from Team Mika with the biggest number of votes. Mika also opted to keep David Thibaut as Top 2 in his team.

On the semi-finals held on April 18، she confronted David Thibault in a bid to represent Team Mika in the final. She sang "Pas là" from Vianney، but lost to Thibault in the public vote، with the latter going to the 25 April 2015 final. Tawaji ended up finishing joint 5th to 8th place for the season.

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