Bechara Moufarrej tenor
Bechara’s time at the NOS is generously supported by the Nicholas John Trust.
After graduating in 2009 with a Masters’ degree in Music from Beirut, Lebanon, Bechara Moufarrej undertook further training in Italy, subsequently joining the Beirut Opera Studio in 2013. Bechara is one of the very few Lebanese artists who have started to pursue an operatic career outside the country. During his training, he benefitted from masterclasses with Maestra Michaella Mingheras in France, Simone Alaimo in Palermo, and Maestri Sylvana Ferraro and Vittorio Terranova in Rome. Bechara has performed with the Lebanese Orchestra, the Filarmonica Romana and the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana under the baton of conductors such as Harout Fazlian, Lubnan Baalbaki, Father Toufik and Alberto Maniaci. His most recent appearances include performances at opera houses and festivals in Qatar, Dubai, Canada, Italy, and at the Opera de Paris, France. In 2013, Bechara performed the role of Don José Carmen at the Cirque d’Hiver, Paris and subsequently took on the roles of Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro, Ferrando Cosí fan tutte and Conte d’Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, all in collaboration with the Antonine University in Beirut, the Lebanese Conservatory and Al Bustan Festival. He has also sung Conte d’Almaviva at the Teatro Giulio di Lucca, Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Teatro Verdi in Pisa and Teatro Coccia in Novara. Bechara’s concert repertoire includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Requiem and Masses and Verdi’s Requiem. His recent engagements include La traviata, La bohème, Rigoletto and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera House in Cairo, as well as Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Rossini’s Otello and Donizetti’s Messa di Requiem at the Al Bustan Festival.