Mira Akiki, Soprano. Corinne Metni, Soprano
Bechara Moufarrej, Tenor. Marc Reaidy, Tenor
Alberto Maniaci, Pianist
Notre-Dame University Choir
Khalil Rahme (omm), Conductor
Mira is graduated in opera performance in 2015 from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music with honors, class of Toufic Maatouk.
She debuted as Marcellina in Nozze di Figaro (2013), Berta in Rossinis’s Barbiere di Siviglia (2014 and 2017), Despina in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” (2015) and as Adina in Donizetti’s “Elisir d’amore” (2016), productions of the Opera Studio of the Antonine university & Lebanese conservatory alongside the “Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea” and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Toufic Maatouk. She performed in different festivals including: Beirut chants festival (2015) and Al Bustan festival (2015) as Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma under Gianluca Marciano, AZM cultural center Christmas festival event (2015),….
Mira Akiki had the privilege to work with renowned singers and vocal coaches such as Elizabeth Norberg Shultz, Cinzia Forte, Caterina Di Tonno, Shady Torbey, Fabio Centanni, Denis Dubois and many others, and since the start of her vocal career at the Lebanese higher conservatory of music, she has been under the watchful eye of Toufic Maatouk . She collaborated with many directors as Marco Spada, Alessio Pizzech and Roberto Catalano.
Mira Akiki enjoys ensemble works; she was a member and a soloist in NDU choir and is currently soloist in the Antonine University choir and performed along with the choir in Naples, Rome, Amman…
Lebanese- French Soprano Corinne Metni‘ 12 LL.M and legal counsel at
Aboukheir & Metni Law Firm developed her love for music and vocal
training while completing her academics in Political Sciences and in Banking
and Financial Law at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
In 2008, while working at Dewey and LeBoeuf Law Firm in London, Corinne
pursued her vocal coaching with Jennifer Mc Gregor and Tina Ruta,
previous coach at the Royal Opera House.
In 2011, She took intensive courses in Singapore with Jeong Ae Ree,
founder of New Opera Singapore, while completing her LLM in
International Business Law at La Sorbonne-Assas International Law School
hosted by Insead (Asia) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
In pursuit of excellence she continued refining and developing her vocal
technique by participating in several masterclasses and working with
eminent professors such as Peggy Bouveret, Nona Manoyan and Mihaela
Corinne is a member and ambassador for Lebanon of the Peace &
Prosperity Trust, a non-profit organization presided by HRH the Duke of
Gloucester to promote young artists. With P&PT, Corinne participated in
several concerts i.e. at the Cadogan Hall in London and in Lebanon under
the baton of conductor Toby Purser to name a few.
Corinne has performed opera, operetta, musical theater and concert in
Paris, London, Abu dhabi, Singapore and Beirut; her appearances include
Musetta in La Bohème, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Christine Daee in
Phantom of the Opera.
Corinne also performed before the Presidents of the Republics of Lebanon
and Armenia; she was also a soloist with « les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-
Marc », the renowned choir from the Movie “Les Choristes” and sang as a
guest artist in Guy Manoukian’s Concert in London.
On several occasions Corinne participated in Beirut Chants Festival in
particular with Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea from Palermo under
conductor Sebastien Bagnoud as well as with the young artists of the Peace
and Prosperity Trust, and as a soloist with la “Chanterie de Beyrouth”.
She sang with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Harout
Fazlian and several concerts with “Quatuor Musique Del Tempo”organized
by “Selecteum des Arts et des Sciences”.
She sang as well, at the National Museum of Lebanon for the Francophonie
Day and at Zouk Festival for One Night on Broadway Show.
Corinne has often given her talent to raise funds and awareness for a
variety of causes: in tribute concerts (tribute to the Lebanese journalist Mr.
Samir Kassir and to the martyrs of Lebanese Army…), charitable
organizations (Chance, Cenacle de la Lumiere, Hemophilia, Kun Hadi, A toi
Marie, Tamanna, St Jude Children Care…).
Since graduating in 2009 from his master degree in Music in Lebanon he commenced his studies further in Italy and subsequently joined the opera studio back in his home town in Beirut in 2013.