Up to this point, Marchesi’s performance career was based solidly in European culture.
But an accidental meeting with Iraqi-born, Amsterdam-based film critic Intishal al-Tamimi at the International Film Festival Rotterdam introduced Marchesi to Arab film and culture.
“Intishal invited me to join him as one of the co-organizers of the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival [AFFR],” she remembers.
Steeped in this aesthetic tradition, Marchesi went to her mother’s homeland to first study art history at Leiden University and then classical music and opera in the Academy of ART Amsterdam, graduating in 2004.
She has worked with renowned theater directors like Peter Sellars at the Amsterdam Opera House, but Marchesi considers the internationally renowned Dutch star Rutger Hauer to be her real mentor in acting and performing arts.
Hauer, famous for his roles in films such as Blade Runner (1982) and The Hitcher (1986), founded the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory in Rotterdam to offer masterclasses in acting and directing.
Marchesi enrolled as one of the first students in 2006 and went on to become Hauer’s assistant in his masterclasses.
Visitors to Egypt are often told that if “you drink the waters of the Nile, you will always return.” Italian-born singer and actress Sarita Marchesi has not only tasted those proverbial waters but she has breathed the sea air of Alexandria and walked the sands of Sinai. Since arriving in Egypt in 2010, Marchesi has found a place for herself as an opera singer, teacher of Bedouins and soap opera actress.
Marchesi was born and raised into the arts in the Italian city of Florence, the heart of Europe’s renaissance period.Her Italian father, a renowned classical guitarist specialized in South American music, named her Sarita — “Little Sara” in Spanish.Her Dutch mother was an art collector who hosted exhibitions of paintings and sculpture at their Tuscan house.The Arab Film Festival Rotterdam helped to create this intercultural dialogue through cinema in order to bring them together.” Marchesi, who served on the AFFR’s board from 2008-2009, was profoundly affected by the Arab filmmakers and their films — so affected that in 2010 she moved to Egypt to learn Arabic and discover Egyptian arts, both ancient and contemporary.Arriving in Alexandria, Marchesi was introduced to baritone Dr.Gaber El-Beltagy, who cast her to sing a repertoire of Arie Antiche at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.