Soraya joins the SCO and Chorus for performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in November 2017.
Lancashire-born soprano Soraya Mafi studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music, supported by the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. Soraya continues her studies with renowned soprano Janis Kelly and repertoire coach John Fraser. Soraya’s many awards and prizes include the Maggie Teyte Prize in 2014 and the Susan Chilcott Award in 2016. She was also the 2nd Prize winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Soraya is a Harewood Young Artist of the English National Opera.
During her time at RCM Soraya has performed the roles of Virtu in James Conway's production of L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Le Feu and Le Rossignol in James Bonas' production of L'Enfant et les Sortileges. She sang the title role in Arianna in Creta for The London Handel Festival under Laurence Cummings and created the role of Cheryl in Iain Burnside's new music theatre piece Journeying Boys. Soraya made her debut for the Grange Park Opera as Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, returning as 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes, and for the Chatelet Theatre Paris as Aminta in Il re pastore. She also sang Johanna in Sweeney Todd with the Welsh National Opera and her first Despina for West Green House Opera.
Concert highlights have included Les Illuminations and Messiah at The Royal Festival Hall, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mozart’s Goose of Cairo with the London Mozart Players conducted by David Parry, as well as recitals for the Buxton Festival and at the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Soraya Mafi returns to the English National Opera, as Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and makes her debut with Opera North as Suor Geneveva (Suor Angelica). She will appear in concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Peter Dijsktra) and Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Chrisophe Spinosi), and in recital with Graham Johnson at Middle Temple Hall.