Born in Egypt to British Egyptian parents, he discovered that singing was his life’s passion. After studying piano, chemistry, political science and journalism he followed his dream and trained as an opera singer at London’s Royal College of Music. He sings in Egypt and internationally and moved to the USA 2003-2013. He had pursued vocal studies in Texas (Master of Music, 1986) and Colorado (Doctor of Musical Arts, 1995). Believing that opera is musical theater at its greatest, he has devoted his life to singing in the language of the audience whenever possible. Communicating words and meanings with the singing voice with fine diction is a hallmark of this singer. He was the first baritone to sing Guglielmo, Figaro and Leporello (in Mozart’s da Ponte operas) and Papageno (The Magic Flute) in Arabic; and in the USA he is known for his performances of Gilbert & Sullivan lead roles.
Raouf Zaidan is a teacher and leader in his field. Since 1987 he has been vocal coach and principal singer for the Mozart in Arabic project of Dr. Aly Sadek. He established and trained Choirs and opera workshops and taught singing in Egypt (The American University in Cairo) and the USA (Northern State University, South Dakota; New York University and New Jersey City University). He now lives, sings and works in Maadi, Egypt believing that the revolution has opened up new possibilities for the creative arts and made room for his idealism and inspiration. He teaches at his Maadi studio and at the American University in Cairo. With colleagues Neveen Allouba and Mohamed Aboulkheir he is establishing a new center “Fabrica” for the training of singers in Cairo. Forthcoming performances include a commemoration concert of CPE Bach’s 300th anniversary of his birth, narrating Peter and the Wolf with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in Cairo and Alexandria.