Ahlima Mhamdi - Mezzo-Soprano

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The Franco-Moroccan mezzo-soprano Ahlima Mhamdi studied in Chatillon and Paris before finishing her operatic and vocal studies at the CNSMD in Lyon, where she was taught by Isabelle Germain and Fabrice Boulanger and from where she graduated with distinction. Ahlima was admitted to the Opera Studio at the Opéra de Lyon for the 2011/12 season. She was named ‘Révélation lyrique de l’ADAMI’ for 2013 and ‘Jeune Talent lyrique 2013’ by Raymond Duffaut at the Opéra d’Avignon.  She also won first prize for both opera and song a the Concours International de Marmande in 2015, and 2nd prize at the Concours de Macon in 2016.

From 2013 to 2016, Ahlima was part of the Jeune Troupe of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where she sang Preziosilla La Forza del destino, Fenena Nabucco, Martine Le Médecin malgré lui, Maddalena Rigoletto, Meg Page Falstaff, Schwertleite Die Walküre, Charlotte La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, and Afra La Wally.

Ahlima has also sung several rôles in France including Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Isolier Le Comte Ory, Arsamene Serse, Orlovsky Die Fledermaus, Charlotte Werther, Mrs Quickly Falstaff and Anita West Side Story, working with names such as Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Alain Garichot, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and Jean Lacornerie.

In concert, Ahlima has sung a huge variety of répertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. This répertoire has included the Vivaldi Gloria, the Mozart and Duruflé Requiem, the Dvorak Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Vier Lieder nach T. Berhnhard by Luca Antignani.   She is also an experienced recitalist, having sung at the Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Saint Etienne, the Auditorium de Lyon, the Salle Molière, Les Bouffes du Nord, l’Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra de Lyon, la Basilique de Fourvière, les Subsistances and le Palais de l’Europe.

Her most recent roles have included Smeton Anna Bolena at the Grand Théâtre in Avignon, Roggiero Tancredi for Opéra de Marseille, Martine Le Médécin Malgré Lui for the Opéra de Rennes, Maddalena Rigoletto for the Opéra de Tours, Flora La Traviata at the Chorégies d’Orange and Opéra de Nice, and the title rôle in Carmen for the National Opera of Belarus, across Belgium and for the Festival Alden Biesen.

Future projects include Flosshilde and Schwertleite in Geneva’s upcoming Ring Cycle, the title role in Carmen at several major houses across France, Fenena Nabucco in Lausanne, and Bersi Andrea Chénier at the Opéra de Tours.

For Meg Page in Falstaff/Grand Théâtre de Genève 2016

“Ailleurs, la distribution s’avère d’une étonnante homogénéité. Y brillent particulièrement Marija Kovalevska (belle Alice aux allants aguicheurs et à la voix ferme bien qu’un brin acidulée dans l’aigu) et Ahlima Mhamdi en Meg.”

“The casting is wonderful across the board…Ahlima Mhamdi as Meg particularly stands out.”