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Egyptian Soprano Neveen Allouba to Be Awarded With French Honours

The first female singer to perform at the Cairo Opera House will receive France’s Order of Arts and Letters this June.

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Egyptian soprano Neveen Allouba will receive France’s Order of Arts and Letters with a grade of Chevalier, or Knight, from the French Embassy in Cairo this June. Allouba will receive this prestigious award in recognition of her revered achievements and contribution to the music scene regionally and globally, along with her remarkable influence on multiple opera singers in Egypt.

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 by the French Ministry of Culture, to recognize distinguished artists and writers, as well as people who have made a significant contribution to the arts scene in France and across the world. The French award consists of three grades, which are Knight, Officer and Commander.

The first female singer to perform at the Cairo Opera House, Neveen Alloub has had a flourishing career as an opera singer and a teacher. She has offered her expertise at many renowned universities, music centres and conservatories including the Cairo Conservatory, Cairo Opera Development Centre, the University of Alexandria, and The American University in Cairo.

Allouba has previously performed as a soloist at the Detmold Opera in Germany, as well as other operas and theatres across Europe and the Arab world. Among her students was the mezzo soprano Farrah El-Dibani, who was awarded France’s Order of Arts and Order last year.  She also taught the famed soprano, Fatma Said, who became the first Egyptian to join the Academy of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.