Fatinah Tilfah

Fatinah Tilfah

Lirico Spinto Soprano

American Soprano
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American soprano Fatinah Tilfah performed recitals throughout Scandinavia as winner of the 1994 Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos. She traveled to Amman, Jordan in 1996, giving a solo recital to raise funds for the Al Amal Cancer Research Centre. A frequently lauded participant in the world of competition, Ms. Tilfah was the recipient of the Bronze Award for the NTD TV International Vocal Competition in 2011, a semi-finalist in 2007 for the Third Annual Lynam Vocal Competition, finalist in the 2003 Liederkrantz Foundation Competition and the 2002 Jensen Foundation Competition in New York City. Other awards include the Institute of International Education  European Travel Grant and second place in the 1994 Pacific Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. She debuted with the San Francisco Symphony as the soprano soloist in An Evening with Rodgers & Hammerstein and Friends conducted by Vance George. Other performances include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Sacramento Opera, Faure’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and both soprano solos in Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity with The Valley Choral Society, the title role of Rusalka with Berkeley Opera and Mimi in La Boheme with West Bay Opera. Past performances include her Off- Broadway debut in the world premier of The Beautiful Warrior by Chinese composer Jin Xiang with The Vineyard Theater, Poulenc’s Gloria with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alasdair Neale, her Carnegie Hall debut performing the in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem conducted by Maestro Robert Moody.In 2007 she made her debut with The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Maestro J. Ernest Green and her debut with Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo performing the solo in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and A Letter from Sullivan Ballou by John Kander. In 2008 she returned to Annapolis as the soprano soloist in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and in “A Celebration of Christmas” concerts.Performances in 2009 include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Annapolis, the soprano solo in Rossini’s Stabat Mater in San Mateo conducted by Dr. Bryan Baker, “The Best of Broadway”on Gibson Island, MD, Aldonza/Dulcinea in the musical Man of La Mancha, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Dvorák’s Te Deum and the Regina Coeli from Cavalleria Rusticana with The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and The Annapolis Chorale.The fall of 2010, Ms. Tilfah happily returned to the Bay Area performing Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and the cantata for soprano Muero porque no muero by Menotti with Masterworks Chorale. She also returned to Annapolis to sing Donna Elvira in Maestro J. Ernest Green’s re-imagined production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. During the spring of 2011 Ms. Tilfah made her debut with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Dvorák’s Te Deum and performing songs in Mandarin with the New Tang Dynasty TV company in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Performances in 2013 include celebrating the 50th Anniversary with MasterWorks Choral of San Mateo performing The Widow/Mother in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and her company debut in 2014 with Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City in the US Premieres of The Maid in Elena Langer’s The Four Sister’s and Girl Three in  Errollyn Wallen’s Anon._____________________________________________________________________________REVIEWS“Tilfah’s sweetly powerful soprano voice was especially appropriate for the beloved “Hear Ye Israel” as well as her role as the widow in the first half of the oratorio.”San Francisco Classical Voice/www.sfcv.org“As the abandoned former conquest Donna Elvira, soprano Fatinah Tilfah displayed jealous fury mixed with reluctant longing for Giovanni....Callas-like...beauty for expressive art.” The Baltimore Sun“ Tilfah’s performance as the soprano soloist in Dvorák’s Te Deum was both powerful and angelic. Clearly in her realm, the adaptation of the part of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana was sung with edge-of-your-seat intensity.”Severna Park Voice".... in the opening section soloist Fatinah Tilfah sang "Sanctus, Sanctus," her soprano floated above the supporting rhythmic choristers to provide a shining melody." (Te Deum:Dvorák)                                                 The Baltimore Sun“...and the crystal-clear high notes and perfect pitch of Tilfah’s soprano commanded the audience and transported them to the Broadway stage.” (Aldonza/Dulcinea: Man of la Mancha)Severna Park Voice“Using a majestic-like presence, Fatinah Tilfah (Dido) was able to summon a wide variety of emotions, becoming alternately passionate and plaintive, musically conveying the plight of a tragic Greek heroine.” (Didi and Aeneas: Purcell)The Chicago Tribune“The opening Agnus Dei soprano solo was riveting as sung by Fatinah Tilfah....At Maryland Hall, her superb voice rose over the orchestra and chorus in "Lamb of God, grant us peace," her technique enabling her to float notes that grew in intensity and power.” (Dona Nobis Pacem: Vaughn-Williams)The Baltimore Sun“Tilfah beautifully sang the passage:“And ye now therefore have sorrow....”Her gleaming soprano spun out long notes that grew in strength and beauty.” (Ein deutches Requiem:Brahms)The Baltimore Sun“Again, there was an ovation for the famous aria, sung exquisitely by Fatinah Tilfah as Lauretta..” The Sacramento Bee (Gianni Schicci: Puccini)“The beautifully modulated soprano of Fatinah Tilfah captivated each listener with clarity and warmth rapping her role of Mimi in excellent phrasing and total colors.” (La Boheme: Puccini)Redwood City Tribune“A marvel as Mimi...with frail beauty she sings with a bell-like soprano that is under perfect control.” The San Mateo Times (La Boheme: Puccini)“Fatinah Tilfah had the audience sitting up in their seats when she sang the Pie Jesu (Fauré). After the movement was over there was absolute silence. Tilfah commanded attention. The emotions her voice expressed were both of sorrow and hope.” (Requiem: Fauré)The Independent
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