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Anna Englander to perform opera in Italy—read the Boulder Daily Camera article.

Student and Alumni Spotlight V.1. No. 4.

Ashraf Sewailam moved his official residence back to his beloved Boulder, Colorado, during the summer of 2012 after a three-year residence stint on the east coast. Having arrived to a point in his career where he does not need to “camp out" in New York anymore, Ashraf spends up to ten months of the year on the road and much prefers to spend his precious downtime by the Boulder creek and brushing up with his voice teacher, Patrick Mason, at CU’s College of music. Most recently Ashraf has been performing with Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, New Zealand Opera, Queensland Opera (Australia), as well as performing and teaching in his native country (Egypt), contributing, to much success, towards forming a substantial body of secular cultural activity to face and curb the recent tide of Islamism.

Ashraf continues to perform in such prestigious venues as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York in concerts and opera productions. Political activism has been much on his agenda wherever in the world he finds himself since the Egyptian revolution broke out in January 2011, participating in the demonstrations and outreach of the Egyptian community on both coast of the US and down-under. Ashraf ended up being the first Egyptian in the world to vote in a presidential election while he was performing Sparafucile in Rigoletto with New Zealand Opera (first time zone of the day). Booked well into 2016, upcoming engagements include Tom in Ballo in Maschera with San Diego Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera, The King in King and I with Opera Theater of the Rockies CO, Puh-Bah in The Mikado with Memphis Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with New Zealand Opera, and… maybe some good news for his work in Colorado to be announced later.

CU Voice Alumni—HARK!!! 

On this page we are starting a post called "CU VOICE and OPERA ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT" (thanks Sarah Barber McCurdy for the idea!) We want to know what you are doing. Are you living a life with music at the heart of it? Are you teaching? Are you singing? Running a music school, an opera company, raising money for music, teaching the future musicians in a home studio? FOR SUBMISSIONS: Please email to Leigh.Holman@colorado.edu a photo, what years you studied at CU (graduation if applicable) and tell us where you are, what you are doing and a bit on how music continues to influence your life. We want to hear from you and share you with our friends!