On the evening of Saturday 15th July 2017, we had Noma Omran singing Syrian Notes at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. A collective cultural identity that took us towards freedom, peace, and beauty... since pre-history until post-revolution. Ugaritic, Syriac, Aramaic, Sufism, Classical Arabic Music, contemporary and improvisations were all played during the concert.
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 intoned 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.
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, at the Opéra Comique in Paris , 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, in Brussels at the Bozar and at the Opera de La Monnaie .
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.