Royal College of Music

Soraya Mafi Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2014

Hailed as “a young singer of real promise” by Opera and featured as a New Face in The Telegraph, award-winning soprano Soraya Mafi graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School last summer with distinction.

While in her first year of studies at the RCM, Mafi made her professional début as Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites for Grange Park Opera, “stealing the show” according to Opera Britannia, and receiving outstanding reviews. She returned to The Grange last summer as First Niece in Jeremy Sams’ new production of Peter Grimes. More recently, she made her European début at Théâtre du Châtelet as Aminta in Il re pastore, conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi. This season, she makes her ENO début as Edith in Mike Leigh’s new production of The Pirates of Penzance.

At the RCM, Mafi performed the roles of Virtú (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Le Feu and Le Rossignol (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and the title role in Arianna in Creta for the London Handel Festival. She also created the role of Cheryl in the new music theatre piece Journeying Boys. Her awards include the Royal Over-Seas League Singer’s Award, second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, the Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarship, RCM Lieder Prize, the Sybil Tutton Award, second prize and audience prize at the International Mozart Singing Competition, and the Elsie Thurston Prize.

Upcoming events include the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition Grand Final at Queen Elizabeth Hall, a recital at Buxton Opera Festival with award-winning pianist Ian Tindale and an orchestral song recital with Southbank Sinfonia at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Next season, Mafi makes her début with Welsh National Opera as Johanna (Sweeney Todd) and returns to ENO as Papagena and Karolka (Jenůfa). She is grateful for the support of teachers Janis Kelly and Sandra Dugdale, Help Musicians UK, Countess of Munster Trust, and sponsors Selfridges & Co and the Van der Beughals. She is an Independent Opera Artist Support Fellowship recipient 2014–15.