Fadia Tomb El-Hage
Fadia El-Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1962. She began her artistic career as a 16 year-old soloist with the famous Rahbani brothers, fathers of the Lebanese song in the twentieth century. That’s why she was working as a singer and an actress in many television, film and theater productions from an early age on.
In 1984 she completed her studies in psychology at the Lebanese University and began her vocal studies in 1985 at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, where at the same time she worked with the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian Radio. In 1990 she gained her degree in opera singing, specializing in oratorio singing for two more years.
Since then she has worked as a soloist with many ensembles - mainly with Sarband, but also with L'Orient Imaginaire, Vox, The King's Singers, Ars Nova, Fragments and TriOrient - and recorded numerous CDs with them. She was acclaimed as a singer with creative experience at numerous international festivals and concert halls (eg Berliner and Kölner Philharmonie, Library of Congress Theatre, Théâtre Châtelet, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre de l'UNESCO, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Baalbeck and Beiteddine Festivals in Lebanon).
Fadia El-Hage interpreted several world premieres of Lebanese and French composers. She also took part as a solo artist in several dance productions from world-known choreographers, like Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
She is one of the few female singers that master vocal techniques of both classical Western and Middle Eastern-Oriental music and combine them in an innovative manner. Her repertoire ranges from classical Arabic music over music from the European Middle Ages right up to contemporary music.