Sumayya Ali has been recognized for her remarkable artistic integrity and versatility. Blessed with a “heart wrenchingly tender yet powerful soprano,” her intentions are to use her voice to heal, speak truth and enlighten. Sumayya has illumianted stages on Broadway, as well as concert halls and opera houses throughout the world. In addition to her theatrical work, she has started to break into film. Ms. Ali will make her film debut in Red Hook Summer directed by Spike Lee this summer.
Currently, Sumayya Ali can be seen in the Tony award winning Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess; understudying the title character as well as Clara and Serena.In addition to this Broadway run, Ms Ali stays focused as an avid songwriter, recitalist and mentor.
Born in Lawrence, KS and partly raised in the Washington, DC area, Sumayya’s artistic gifts were largely cultivated at the Duke Ellington School of Arts. Sumayya Ali holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA as well as a master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Immediately after graduation, Ms Ali secured contracts withBerkshire Opera, Sarasota Opera and Central City Opera and was declared a Boston district winner for the National Metropolitan Opera Competition. She has danced and sung around the world with Step Afrika!, been featured as a Holywood contestant on American Idol season 6, made her broadway debut as the soprano soloist in the 2009 revival of Ragtime! and received several artistic grants and awards from opera companies. However, her greatest accomplishment is being mother to her most precious gem, Hasiba Zahara.