On the evening of Saturday 15th July, we had Noma Omran singing Syrian Notes at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Noma Omran has been described as a ‘Divine Diva’
“Divine Diva, Another voice! East and West, a versatile voice. Voice of a cosmopolitan diva who remembers the millennial Syria. Noma Omran intones the source of the sources: the first notes of humanity, notes of “Ugarit” in Hurrian language, The Syriac heritage, then, profane and sacred, the Sufi poetry, of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, classical Arab melodies of Aleppo. Finally her own contemporary creation.” Theatre of the city-Paris
About Noma Omran
Born 1970 in Homs – Syria Noma Omran is a Syrian singer and composer, a specialist in the ancestral Maqâm, Eastern Aramaic and Syriac.She is a lyric singer who graduated from the Damascus Conservatory in 1997 and the Janacek Academy of Brno, Czech (1999-2001)
Noma Omran has participated in numerous and rich artistic experiences, in France, in Europe and in the world:
At the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2006 and 2013, at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 2014, at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, at the Musée Guimet in Paris, at the Maison des Cultures du Monde in Paris, at the Opéra de Lille 2014, in Brussels at the Bozar in 2012 and at the Opera de La Monnaie in 2007. She performed Violetta in the Verdi Opera “Traviata” at the Brno National Theater in the Czech Republic. She wrote the music of the play “Gilgamesh” under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine for the Theatre of the Sun Paris in 2005; In 2010, she was the first women singer to revive the sacred ritual of Zen at the Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, with Stomu Yamashta,
Noma is also the composer and singer of the film “Silvered Water” directed by Ossama Mohammed and selected at the Cannes 2014 Festival and the London Film Festival Grierson Award for the best documentary 2014. Silvered Water was also screened during the Celebrating Syria festival on Friday 14th July.