Amal El-Shrafi '09
UNH Alumna Amal El-Shrafi '09 will be singing the role of ‘Antonia’ from The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North in August 2018. She has been hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “shining through with a strength and power that matched her character’s presence onstage.” The Palestinian-American soprano is quickly gaining traction as a versatile performer in both concert work and opera. Recent engagements include performances with Sarasota Opera, Mobile Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Beth Morrison Projects and her Lincoln Center debut with the New York Philharmonic.
She has been a two-time regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. El-Shrafi currently resides in NYC with her musical cat, Mimi. A native of Randolph, Massachusetts, she received a B.M. in Music Education and a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Hampshire, studying voice under Dr. Jenni Cook. There, she sang The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Cunégonde (Candide).
Other operatic roles include the Female Chorus in Opera Brittenica’s production of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan. Amal was also a Young Artist at the Opera Company of Middlebury, performing as a Handmaiden in Puccini’s Turandot. In Boston, Amal sang with Boston Opera Collaborative, Longwood Opera, Opera on Tap, and has been a soloist with the Choral Arts Society of the South Shore, The Hanover Chorus, East Congregational Church in Milton and First Church Congregational in Malden.
Aside from performing, Amal works as an accompanist and runs an active voice and piano studio.