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Egyptian Soprano Fatma Said Awarded First Prize at Prestigious Dublin Competition

24-year-old Egyptian singer Fatma Said just won the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin, Ireland, beating out performers from 180 countries.

24-year-old Egyptian prodigy Fatma Said won the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin, Ireland, reaching the top in a contest that included performers from 180 countries.

The soprano Egyptian singer gained international acclaim as she performed three arias, accompanied by the Wexford Festival Opera, Raidió Teilifís Éireann reported. William Davenport from USA, and Guatemalan Soprano Adriana Gonzalez came second and third respectively.  

Having performed for the first time at the age of 14 at the Cairo Opera House, Said has grown an international career, performing at global venues such as the Royal Opera House of Muscat, the United Nations in Geneva, as well as concert halls in Greece, Turkey, Germany, France and Finland. The budding artist had previously racked up several awards, including the Giulio Perotti Singing Competition in Germany in 2011, and the 7th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Turkey in 2012.

In Cairo, Said also performed in a TedxCairo event, where she sang a song about the Egyptian revolution entitled The Day When the People Changed.