DEC 17 / 8:00 PM


Toby Purser, Conductor

In collaboration with Peace & Prosperity Trust in UK and AUB

Samar Salame (soprano)

Samar Salamé was born in Beirut and started her singing and music lessons at the Lebanese National Conservatory while she was completing her Audio Visual degree at the Universite St Joseph (Beirut) and continued at National Conservatory of Rome, Santa Cecilia, where she received her singing diploma in 2006. After spending 6 years in Italy, Samar moved to Paris, France where she still resides, performing in various venues and countries. In Paris, her performances include concerts at the Grand Palais, Concièrgerie, La Mairie du XIVème, and UNESCO. In London she performed in two concerts, for The Peace And Prosperity Trust, of which she is a young artist.  In Lebanon she has performed extensively and repeatedly at Byblos, Al-Bustan, and Beirut Chants Festivals as well as at The National Lebanese Museum for the Association APSAD. In 2011, she created and performed the show Les Mystères Lyriques in Paris and at the International Festival of Byblos, and created and performed too, the show Crazy Opera, which she performed at the 2013 International Byblos Festival in Lebanon and at the opening of the Opera season in Bahrain. Samar also sang the Panis Angelicus during the historic Pope Mass in Lebanon in September, 2012. She performed the role of Sophie Arnould in Le Nègre des Lumières of Alain Guédé in Martinique and Guadeloupe, and did her debut in USA with a concert in Florida. Her latest relevant work is Sacré Profane that she created and performed at the 2015 International Byblos Festival.



Corinne Metni (soprano) 

Corinne is a French-Lebanese Lyric Soprano who studied music along while completing her academic studies.  She holds Degrees from Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) and La Sorbonne Assas International Law School in France. Corinne has performed in many opera concerts, operettas, music productions and festivals in Paris, London, UAE, Singapore and Lebanon. In 2013 she sang for the President of the Republic of Lebanon and the President of the Republic of Armenia.  She is a soloist with « les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc » (the renowned choir from the Movie “Les Choristes”) and performed the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera in “One night on Broadway” in Lebanon.  Corinne is a member of En FAMI and a young artist of the Peace and Prosperity Trust.

Corinne recently performed with “Quatuor musique del tempo”, in Guy Manoukian’s concert at the Cadogan

Hall in London , in “Beirut Chants Festival” and with Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maesrto Harout Fazlian.


Toby Purser (musical director)

Toby Purser first came to prominence as a prizewinner in the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, and was appointed Assistant Conductor of L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris for 2007 following his participation in the Vendome Academy with Janos Furst and John Nelson. He is a young artist with the Peace and Prosperity Trust, thanks to whom a highlight of his recent work has been a concert in Beirut celebrating the Beirut Orpheus Choir.


Orchestras he has conducted include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Concert Orchestra, L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Kotorart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Orpheus Sinfonia, Oxford University Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, St Petersburg Camerata and the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra. From 2002 until 2011 he was principal conductor of the London International Orchestra His CD ‘Bel Canto’ with tenor Jesús León and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic was released last year.


He made his debut at English National Opera in November 2014 conducting performances of The Marriage of Figaro, and has recently been awarded the ENO Mackerras Fellowship. He is a regular guest at Grange Park Opera where he has conducted Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto and Fortunio, which was also performed at the Buxton Festival. Recent engagements also include Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment for Opera Della Luna at Iford Arts, Haydn’s La Canterina for Bampton Classical Opera, Sister Act for Pimlico Opera, and concerts at Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.


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.

In January 2017, Margo will make her debut under the baton of French conductor Hervé Niquet (Le Concert Spirituel) in the role of Climène in a production of Les Amont Magnifiques that will tour several Opera Houses in France – Avignon, Reims, Rennes and more.

Margo is very grateful to The Peace and Prosperity Trust for their current support


Miranda Heldt (soprano)

Soprano Miranda Heldt graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. Of German and English origin, Miranda graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction, and studies privately with Arwel Treharne Morgan. Miranda is proud to be a young artist with the Peace and Prosperity Trust.


Selections of recent and future engagements include Clorinda (Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Monteverdi; The Wallace collection) Dido (Dido & Aeneas, Ad Parnassum, Goethetheater, Leipzig), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne, Mozart; Venice, London), Bach Cantata: Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut (BWV 199, Silk street Theatre), performances at the Carnevale di Venezia (2013-2016), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Regents Opera UK tour), Aunt (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Regents Opera UK tour), Musical interlude at Kensington Palace (Peace and Prosperity Trust) La Traviata (Bermuda Music Festival, Opera a la carte), Chorus (Aida, South Downs Opera) Concert at the Beirut Chants Festival (Peace and Prosperity Trust), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford) Miranda is also the resident singer at the Ritz Hotel in London.


Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone)

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, is in his first year of the RCM International Opera School studying with Dinah Harris as a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar supported by a Toeman Weinberger Award. Before moving to London, to study at the Royal College of Music, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.  Julien has appeared in a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Ryedale Festival, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, the premiere of a song cycle by Lewis Murphy at New Zealand House, and recently Schubert’s Die Winterreise with Roger Vignoles. Recent roles include: Gabriel von Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus, Mr Gedge, Albert Herring, Monsù Traversen, La Gazzetta (RCMIOS); Danilo, The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival); Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas(Cheltenham Bach Choir). This summer Julien will perform the role of Schaunard in La Bohème for Opera Holland Park, as a Christine Collins Young Artist. Next month Julien will perform in recital at Cadogan Hall, Kensington Palace and Southwark Cathedral.  Recently Julien was a finalist, with duo partner Lucy Colquhoun, in the Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Competition. In November, Julien won the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall.

He is grateful for the continued support of the Hunn Trust, John Wates, the Josephine Baker Trust, and the Peace and Prosperity Trust, with whom he is also a young artist.


L’Amour Triomphe                                         Christoph Gluck                    Miranda Heldt – Soprano

from Orpheus and Euridice                                                           Margo Arsane – Soprano

Rajai Khouri – Baritone


 Gendarmes Duet                                   Jacques Offenbach                    Julian Issa – Tenor

from La Belle Hélène                                                                   Julian van Mellaerts – Baritone



Là Ci Darem la Mano                               Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart           Samar Salame – Soprano

from Don Giovanni                                                                               Julian van Mellaerts – Baritone


Soave Sia Il Vento                                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart           Margo Arsane – Soprano

from Così fan Tutte                                                                    Miranda Heldt – Soprano

Julian van Mellaerts – Baritone


Vilja song                                               Franz Lehár                               Margo Arsane – Soprano

from The Merry Widow                                                                Choir

The Merry Widow Waltz                           Franz Lehár                                Corinne Metni – Soprano

from The Merry Widow                                                                Julien van Mellaerts – Baritone


Three Little Maids                                                Gilbert and Sullivan                     Miranda Heldt – Soprano

from The Mikado                                                                                    Samar Salame – Soprano

Corinne Metni – Soprano


The Sun Whose Rays                             Gilbert and Sullivan                     Miranda Heldt – Soprano

from The Mikado


Act 2 Finale                                           Gilbert and Sullivan                     Soloists and choir

from The Mikado                                   


Now Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted           Gilbert and Sullivan                     Soloists and choir

& When the Foreman Bares his Steel

from The Pirates of Penzance


Act 2 Finale                                           Gilbert and Sullivan                     Soloists and choir

From HMS Pinafore





Joy to the World                                     Christmas Carol                         Audience

Kyrie                                                     Joseph Haydn                            Miranda Heldt – Soprano

from St Nicholas Mass                                                                Samar Salame – Soprano

Julian Issa – Tenor

Julien van Mellaerts – Baritone



Gloria                                                    Antonio Vivaldi                           Choir

& Laudamus Te                                                                                      Samar Salame – Soprano  

conducted by Thomas Kim                                                                        Miranda Heldt – Soprano





Exsultate, Jubilate                                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart           Samar Salame – Soprano  

& Alleluia                                                                                               Margo Arsane – Soprano


O Sanctissima                                        Sicilian Melody                           Soloists


The Lord’s Prayer                                  Albert Hay Malotte                      Corinne Metni – Soprano



Silent Night                                            Christmas Carol                         Julien van Mellaerts – Baritone



O Come All Ye Faithful                           Christmas Carol                         Audience


Hacia Belén                                           Christmas Carol                         Rajai Khouri – Baritone

conducted by Thomas Kim                                                                        Choir


The Holy City                                        Stephen Adams                          Soloists and Choir