Born in 1996 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anna El-Khashem joins the Ensemble at Staatstheater Wiesbaden in the 2019/20 season, where her future engagements include, among others, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel. Most recently, El-Khashem appeared for the first time as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the New Generation Festival in Firenze. On the concert platform, the soprano will also appear this season with Salzburg’s Mozarteumorchester, both on tour in Germany singing Beethoven’s Egmont and in Salzburg singing Bruckner’s Te Deum.
In 2015, El-Khashem made her debut at the Theatre of the St Petersburg State Conservatory in the role of Louisa in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery. In 2016, she made her international debut singing the title role in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and the Soprano solo in von Weber’s Missa Sancta (op. 76). She joined the Opera Studio of Munich’s Bavarian State Opera in the 2016/2017 season, where her previous engagements included Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Inès in Donizetti`s La Favorite, and Xenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.
Anna El-Khashem was recently awarded First Prize at the 2019 Neue Stimmen Competition in Guterslöh, Germany. She is also the first-prize winner of the 2010 Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Vocalists and the recipient of the 2011 Russian Ministry of Culture national scholarship and the 2013 Elena Obraztsova Charity Fund scholarship “For a bright start in the arts”. In April of 2016, she received first-prize at the Zara Dolukhanova International Art Songs Competition – Amber Nightingale in Königsberg, Russia. In February of 2018, El-Khashem won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Austria and recieved a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Mozart. In the same year, she was awarded the Trude Eipperle Rieger-Preis and named “Emerging Opera Singer of the Year” by “Opernwelt” magazine.
El-Khashem has participated in master classes with Elena Obraztsova, Brigitte Fassbaender, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Edith Wiens, Natalie Dessay and Larissa Gergieva.