Rafael Aguirre 2023 U.S. Tour in Tucson
Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre joins acclaimed Egyptian soprano Fatma Said to present a unique musical journey that features Spanish and Middle Eastern songs.
After their debut at Carnegie Hall, Spanish virtuoso guitarist Rafael Aguirre and Egyptian soprano Fatma Said perform in Tucson with a program of Spanish and Middle Eastern songs, including some rarely heard selections by poet Federico García Lorca.
- Manuel de Falla: Seven Spanish Popular Songs
- Joaquín Rodrigo: Adela from Tres canciones españolas
- Lorenzo Palomo: Madrigal and Five Sephardic Songs
- Ezz Eddin Hosni: Yamama beida
- Sherif Mohie el Din: Could the River Flow Forever? from Three Poems by Amal Donqul
- Fernando Obradors: Del cabello más sutil from Canciones clasicas españolas
- Francisco Tárrega: Gran Jota
- Heitor Villa-Lobos: Melodia sentimental
- Federico García Lorca: Selections from Canciones españolas antiguas (Anda, jaleo, Nana de Sevilla, Los cuatro muleros, Sevillanas del siglo XVIII)
- Manuel de Falla: Tus ojillos negros (Canción andaluza)
- José Serrano: La Canción Del Olvidó from Canción de Marinela
- Ziad Rahbani: Aatini al nay wa ghanni
- Abdel-Rahim: Daughter of the Sultan
About Rafael Aguirre
Rafael Aguirre is one of the most acclaimed ambassadors of the Spanish guitar. Aguirre has performed in 40 countries in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Musashino Swing Hall Tokyo and Teatro Real de Madrid. He has received 13 top First Prizes for his instrument, such as the Tárrega Competition, and also obtained relevant awards in all instrumental categories, such as the New York Pro Musicians.
About Fatma Said
Fatma Said took her first singing lessons in Cairo with soprano Neveen Allouba and later studied Opera Singing at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Professor Renate Faltin. Said subsequently was awarded a scholarship to study at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, becoming the first Egyptian soprano to perform on this iconic stage.
Fatma Said has won several major singing competitions including the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition (Dublin, 2016), the 7th Leyla Gencer International Opera Competition (Istanbul, 2012), 2nd prize at the 16th International Robert Schumann Lied Competition (Zwickau, 2012), and the Grand Prix at the 1st Giulio Perotti International Opera Competition (Germany, 2011). Said is also an ambassador for Opera for Peace and is supported by the sTART academy of Bayer Kultur.