A voice to be heard

Cultural development in Saudi Arabia is in the spotlight once more thanks to an outstanding national debut performance by vocalist Sawsan Al Bahiti.

Raising the audience of over 3000 to their feet in Riyadh, The Kingdom’s first professional opera singer performed the national anthem accompanied by Teatro Alla Scala Academy orchestra.


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Singing with profound confidence gained from over 10 years of experience, Al Bahiti’s opera journey began during her studies at American University of Sharjah when in the second year she opted for singing course. Conductor of the choir was so impressed with her abilities, he told that she can potentially be a soloist. She trained for months before performing for the first time at a university concert.

When she moved back to Saudi Arabia, her singing career came to a halt, but following the launch of Vision 2030 and the General Entertainment Authority that supported talents and artists, she could finally move towards achieving her dream.

The 32-year-old soprano has mastered iconic operatic compositions and can sing in Italian, French, German and English. Her extensive career has also led her to become a certified vocal coach from the New York Vocal Coaching Centre. She went on to open her own studio in Jeddah called ‘The Soulful Voice’ where she trains 25 students.

Watch her staggering performance below:

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