OFP Academy MENA – Inaugural Event with the Sochi Academy & WIAFS Russia

26th February 2021

The important collaboration with our partner, the Winter International Arts Festival Sochi, continues this year with an exciting link to our newly created OFP Academy – Middle East North Africa. Three young artists from the region: Sawsan Al-Bahiti (Saudi Arabia), Fatima AlHashmi (United Arab Emirates) and Farrah El Dibany (Egypt) have been offered the opportunity to train with world-renowned singers and coaches: Dmitry Vdovin (Bolshoi Young Artist Program Director & Opera for Peace Artistic Director), Sergey Leiferkus, Mzia Bakhturidze, Gianluca Marcianò (Opera for Peace Ambassador), with special masterclasses by Ildar Abdrazakov, bass-baritone and Elena Stikhina, soprano.


The final concert will take place on the 27th February at the Sochi Philharmonic Society Hall with the All-Russian Youth Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Gianluca Marcianò.


The XIV Winter International Arts Festival, led by artistic director Maestro Yuri Bashmet, is held this year from 18 to 28 of February 2021. This annual festival has become the main cultural center of the country in this period, inviting world-known stars, attracting tourists & international mass-media, contributing to the development of Russian and global culture. Nowadays the Festival in Sochi is rightly included in the top-20 of the best festivals in the world, figuring prominently in Europe’s cultural life.


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