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Rihab Chaieb

Classical Singer

Christina and Louis Quilico Awards

2013 Recipient

" Art takes time. It isn't a thing you order online or something you swipe right on your mobile phone. It's something to be nurtured and protected. And mostly trusted. And with the help of private philanthropy, art can really bloom at the pace that it needs to really achieve what we all are looking for: genius."

What are you currently doing?

I am currently a resident artist for the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in New York City. I am currently singing Zulma in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, conducted by maestro James Levine.

 

What did receiving the Christina and Louis Quilico Award mean to you? 

It meant a few things. Receiving this honour meant that I was able to further my studies after I graduated from the COC Ensemble Studio. I was able to pay for extra voice lessons and coachings to prepare for auditions. Winning this award also meant that I was seen as a professional young artist to the eyes of my peers, but mostly according to the judges who are references in terms of music and knowledge. I am very grateful to the fact that they thought I deserved this award!

 

What does private arts philanthropy mean to you as a working artist?

It means that we actually get a chance to express ourselves. In North America, money to the art is quite scarce, and we can attain a certain level of artistry that can be achieved only when all resources are met. Art takes time. It isn't a thing you order online or something you swipe right on your mobile phone. It's something to be nurtured and protected. And mostly trusted. And with the help of private philanthropy, art can really bloom at the pace that it needs to really achieve what we all are looking for: genius.

 

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