Joseph Salim Azar
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Joseph Azar (Arabic: جوزيف عزار); (born 1942) is a Lebanese artist born in the town of Jezzine, south of Lebanon . — He was the youngest of four sons and attended elementary school in his hometown. He began singing at a very young age, influenced by his father and was characterized by his strong traditional voice. Then, he became the Psalmist in the church choir and his fame grew due to his beautiful voice.
At the end of 1958, Azar moved to Beirut where he received musical courses at the National Conservatory, which was run by renowned lute player Farid Ghosn.Joseph Azar began his career in 1961 with the Rahbani Brothers and Fairuz in the play "Al Baal-bakiye" then repeated the experiment in several plays, including: "Jisir El Amar" (1962), "Hollo" (1963) and he played "Rajeh "in the musical play "Bayaa El Khawatem ". — He was assigned the starring role next to the star Sabah in the musical "El Challal" directed by Romeo Lahoud and composed by Walid Gholmieh. In the years 1965, 1966 and 1967, Joseph Azar played the main role in three consecutive works with Sabah and Nadia Jamal which were entitled: "Mawwal", "Mijjana" and "Attaba" composed by Zakki Nassif, Walid Gholmieh and Romeo Lahhoud.
He played the role of the "Prince Badr" (1968) in the play "El Qalaa" with Sabah, the play’s music was composed by Walid Gholmieh and directed by Romeo Lahoud. In 1971, Joseph Azar played the role of the Russian ambassador in the play "Phoenicia 80". In the summer of 1971, he starred in the Byblos festivals with “Ferkat El Anwar”, in the play "Ya Leil" in conjunction with Duraid Laham, Fadwa Obeid and Nadia Jamal.
The poems were written by George Jerdaq and the music was composed by Walid Gholmieh and directed by Munir Mouasseri. In 1999, he collaborated with Caracalla in the plays "Laylat Qamar" and "Alf Layle w Layle" that were played at the Baalbek International Festivals.
The play "Alf Layle w Layle" was played in 2002 on the major international theaters including the "Palace of Fine Arts" in Montreal, Canada, "Opera House" in Frankfurt, Germany and the National Theatre in Beijing under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Culture.