The Peace and Prosperity Trust Young Artists
The Peace & Prosperity Trust aims to raise funds to promote aspiring young Arab and Western artists and help them work with internationally renowned artists resulting in the fusion of the Western and Middle Eastern music and culture.
The current Young Artists are;
Bassem Alkhouri, Tenor and Qanunist
Qanunist and Tenor Bassem was born in 1976 in Damascus, Syria. He studied qanoun with Almera Achandova at the Conservatoire of Damascus and went on to study singing with Manon Heijnen, Barbara Pearson and Diane Forlano at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In June 2007 he graduated from the Dutch Opera Academy in Amsterdam. As a tenor, his most significant collaborations include the prestigious theatre company ZT Hollandia and Nederlands Vocaal Laboratorium, performing in several European countries.
Margo Arsane, Soprano
French soprano Margo Arsane began her musical education studying the violin for 15 years. She later moved onto classical singing and is now at the beginning of an exciting career. Margo holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, where she studied with Françoise Pollet, and Master of Music from the Hochschule für Musik München, where she studied with Sylvia Greenberg. Since September 2015, she is based in London and part of the prestigious Guildhall Opera Course on a full tuition scholarship, under the tutelage of Susan McCulloch.
Zeina Barhoum, Soprano
Born 1984, is a classically trained Jordanian Soprano. She started singing in 1997 in the school choir, and later began participating in local singing competitions, winning The Eisteddfod Competition (Jordan) award for best soloist. Zeina has showed great interest in jazz, collaborating with the renowned Jordanian jazz musician and pianist Omar Faqir. In October 2008, Zeina was accepted into the vocal course at the Accademia Di Santa Cecilia in Rome. During her studies she trained with Signora Alberta Valentini and Signor Walter Alberti. In April 2009, Zeina participated as the only vocalist in The 5th Dubai International Peace Music Festival (for young virtuosos) singing Zahrat Al Madaen in Arabic. In March 2010, Zeina received a scholarship supported by The Peace and Prosperity Trust and A.M. Qattan Foundation, to privately train in London with Tina Ruta (Royal Opera House) and the renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill.
Miranda Heldt, Soprano
Of German and English origin, Soprano Miranda Heldt graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, obtaining a Masters with Distinction. Miranda studies privately with Susan Waters and lives in London. In 2013 Miranda was invited to participate in Helena Lazarska’s masterclasses at the Salzburg Festival. Miranda has also worked extensively as an oratorio soloist. Recent performances include Mozart Requiem (Brittania Choral Society); Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Brittania Choral Society); Pergolesi Stabat Mater (Barnes Choral Society) and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Esher Choral Society).
Nadim Naaman, Tenor
Both British and Lebanese, Nadim began his music career as a chorister at Eton College. He completed his musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated with distinction, also winning the Ronald William Prize for excellence in acting through song. Nadim is currently appearing in the ensemble of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) in which he also understudies the role of Raoul. Most recently he featured in the role of Lance in Knight Crew at Glyndebourne.
Samar Salame, Soprano
Samar studied music at the Lebanese National Conservatoire. In 2000 she joined the Company Media Aetas (Naples) where she performed with the Opera Buffa del Giovedi Sando, touring throughout Italy. Samar then enrolled in the National Conservatory in Rome, graduating in 2006. She then worked extensively with Maestro Stephano Cucci, who is famous for his collaborations with Ennio Morricone. In 2006, Samar settled in Paris, and continues to perform in a wide selection of operas and concerts. Her most recent role was Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in Byblos, Lebanon, in summer 2010. She also performed concerts at the French and Italian Embassies, and at the Jeita Grotto in Lebanon. Samar performs in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the Al-Bustan Festival in Lebanon in 2011.
Nicola Said, Soprano
Corinne Metni, Soprano
Corinne is a French-Lebanese Lyric Soprano who studied music along while completing a Political Sciences and Law Degrees in Banking and Financial Law at the Jesuits’ University of Saint Joseph in Lebanon as well as a LLM in International Business Law at La Sorbonne-Assas International Law School in France where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Corinne pursued vocal training in music schools and private courses with eminent professors in London, Paris, and Singapore such as Opera singers Soprano Jennifer Mc Gregor, Soprano Jeong Ae-Ree, Soprano Mihaela Mingheras
Dima Bawab, Soprano
Dima Bawab, Franco Jordanian soprano of Palestinian descent graduated from the CNSM de Paris. She made her début at the Opéra Comique in Paris conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner . Dima has recently performed at the Opéra de Tours as Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, at Festival en Ré as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at Opéra Grand Avignon the title role of Susanne in Louis Ganne’s Les Saltimbanques, at the Opéra de Toulon as Berta in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Opéra National de Loarraine as Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, at the Opéra Grand Avignon and as part of the Berlioz Festival at La Côte Saint André as Amour in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. Other performances were at Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Montpellier as well as at the BBC proms as Yniold in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Dima has sung and toured the world in Peter Brook Molière winning A Magic Flute and was part of the Mozart’s Academy at Festival d’Aix en Provence. She has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, award winning Aurora Orchestra and the Palstine National and Youth Orchestras.
Dima won the ARMEL voice competition in Budapest and sang alongside Andrea Bocelli in Jerash, Jordan in 2017. She makes her debut in the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore » at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in 2021.
Mariam Tamari, Soprano
Born to a Palestinian father and Japanese mother, Mariam graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She made her lead operatic debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo, where she had also appeared in Der Freischutz. Her outstanding skills as an actress were lauded in her performance as Jeanne in Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher with conductor Hiroshi Wakasugi, and at the Pacific Music Festival as Ivy Smith in Bernstein’s On the Town under the direction of Yutaka Sado.Leading roles also include Maria in West Side Story, as well as Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. In Japan and the U.S. she has also performed the soprano solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, and Handel’s Messiah. Recently, Mariam received critical acclaim as soloist for the historical debut for the first Palestinian National Orchestra, and has performed for the Emperor and Empress of Japan as well as the King and Queen of Jordan, who have since invited her to sing at the Royal Court.