Nafset Chenib, Honoured Artist of Adygea, is an award-winning opera and crossover soprano of Circassian origin who rose to the top of her field despite being born blind. She has won a number of international voice competitions, and performed solo with Russia’s most renowned orchestras such as Vladimir Spivakov’s Moscow Virtuosi, Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and the Bolshoi Theater’s Chamber Orchestra. Her notable achievements include headlining, along with José Carreras (of “The Three Tenors” fame), the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics held in Sochi, Russia. She has also performed as an actress in Chekhov Moscow Art Theater. As a child prodigy, she was a member of the elite UNESCO choir performing with global stars such as Montserrat Caballé, Angela Gheorghiu, and Roberto Alagna, in front of elite audiences and dignitaries such as Pope John Paul II.
Nafset graduated with highest honors from the Moscow Academy of Choral Arts, and completed a Professional Studies program at the Manhattan School of Music where she trained with Prof. Maitland Peters, the Vocal Department Chair and one of the most prominent voice teachers in New York City. She also studied with international luminaries including Mirella Freni and Jennifer Larmore. She is the recipient of the MSM’s 2018 Pablo Casals Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor, and many other national and international awards.
Nafset’s voice is invariably praised for its wide range and unique warm timbre. Her diverse repertoire ranges from classical opera arias and cantatas, to Broadway hits and jazz standards, to popular songs and Russian romances. She performs in English, Italian, German, French, Latin, Circassian, Hebrew and Russian, among other languages.
This will be one of Nafset’s first-ever recitals in Washington DC area, and a unique opportunity to witness her singular talent and personality while she is still relatively unknown to the American public.
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