Rita Yahan-Farouz, better known as Rita, is an Israeli singer who was born in Iran.
She was born in Tehran, Iran to an Iranian Jewish family who moved to Tel Aviv in the 1970s. She began her singing career in 1980 when was part of a musical troop in the Israeli Defense Forces. Two years later, she attended an acting school.
Rita's first exposure in the Israeli eye was her attempt to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song Shvil haBrichah. Despite not representing Israel that year, she garnered wide attention; her self-titled debut album was certified triple platinum.
In 1988, Rita released her second album, Yemei Ha'Tom (The Days of Innocence), which was produced by her then husband, Rami Kleinstein, and which included a song by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin. In 1988 and 1989 she was chosen as Singer of the Year by Israel's national radio station.