Brought up by a Lebanese father and Moroccan mother and raised around the Middle East and later Canada, Yara was surrounded by oriental music growing up and named after a famous Arabic song by Lebanese classical singer Fairuz. She currently lives in Vienna, where she is studying with Evelyn Schoerkhuber.
After starting on another path in journalism, in summer of 2019 Yara has received her Postgraduate Diploma in Voice & Opera from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which was kindly supported by the Waverley Fund.
At RNCM, she performed the role of Nella (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) in December 2018 with the conductor Martin André and director Robert Chevara.
In 2019 she was a Young Artist at the Buxton International Festival, where she was part of the chorus for Eugene Onegin conducted by Adrian Kelly, participated in concerts, and covered the title role of Georgiana at the world premier. She was a participant of the 15th Seoul International Music Competition. She was chosen to be part of a British Youth Opera week long workshop in July 2019.
She performed at Kensington Palace Gardens with the Peace & Prosperity Trust. In the summer of 2018, she was accepted into the prestigious IVAI/CVAI programme in Montréal under Metropolitan Opera Coach Joan Dornemann and was selected to sing in four concerts including the Gala concert at the Salle de Claude-Champagne, UdM.
She has recently performed the role of Giulia (La Scala di Seta, Rossini) with Raucous Rossini, performing at the Merchant’s House, Rosslyn Chapel (Scotland), Berkshire (England), Montone, and Teatro Signorelli, Cortona (Italy). Other performances in 2018 include concerts at the Leighton House Museum, Fauré’s Requiem and Gounoud’s St Cecile Mass with the United Strings of Europe, and a performance at the Lebanese Embassy in London, UK.
In 2017 was part of the ensemble for critically acclaimed modern opera Mad King Suibhne by Noah Mosley at Lilian Baylis House as part of Helios Collective's Formations supported by the ENO, and also in December at Messum’s Gallery, Wiltshire (Bury Court Production). She also was a young artist with Bury Court Opera in March 2017 for the premier of Mad KIng Suibhne.
In the summer of 2017 she performed the roles of Despina, (Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart) with Greg Buchalter and Musetta (La Boheme, Puccini) with Kamal Khan in Italy with the Mediterranean Opera Festival. She has also performed the role of Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) in 2016 at the Greco Teatro, Palazzolo, in Sicily.
Yara has worked with renowned conductors and coaches including Joan Dornemann (the Met), Robert Ainsley (Washington National Opera), Kamal Khan (the Met), David Gowland (ROH), Jonathan Santagada (ROH), Felice Venanzoni (Oper Frankfurt) and others. She was chosen to take part in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Nora Amsellem, Jennifer Larmore, Salvatore Fisichella, and other maestri.
She studied with mezzo-soprano Antonia Sotgiu at RNCM and other teachers who have taught and inspired her on her journey include Ruth Falcon, Michael Harper, Enas Massalha, Nelly Miricioiu, Carlos Conde, and Jack LiVigni.
Raised in a multilingual environment she has developed a passion for languages, and speaks Arabic, French and Italian and an intermediate level of Japanese, is currently struggling with German Der Die Das, and loves exploring modern and obscure songs and creating translations in peculiar languages.
Yara is proud to be a Young Artist with the Peace and Prosperity Trust, a foundation working to foster relations between the Middle East and West through music.