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Camille Maalawy

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Contemporary Opera

Mother
Silk Moth (Bushra El-Turk)
Ruthless Jabiru - Grimeborn
2019
Anna
Tobias and the Angel (Dove)
Hemel Hempstead Community Choir
2014

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Dodi Shalach (My Beloved) - Julian Dawes, Four Songs from the Book of Solomon

Daughter of Arabia CD Launch, St. Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, June2012

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"She sang with passionate intensity, drawing out the power and grief of one reliving from the other side a history that repeats itself....the image of her kneeling to the words of the final spoken lines remained with me long afterwards... It was one of the most remarkable musical experiences of my year." George K. Haggett, Tempo Journal, December 2019. (2019)

"The British-Egyptian mezzo Camille Maalawy, experienced in Arabic and Sephardic singing styles as well as Western classical music, was a perfect fit for Mother...Maalawy was not only a strong singer, but also an excellent actress who brought a warm humanity to Mother and projected complex emotion even when reacting to a phone screen." Caroline Potter, I care if you listen, August 2019 (2019)


Camille Maalawy – mezzo soprano

“She sang with passionate intensity, drawing out the power and grief of one reliving from the other side a history that repeats itself….the image of her kneeling to the words of the final spoken lines remained with me long afterwards… It was one of the most remarkable musical experiences of my year.” 
George K. Haggett, Tempo Journal, December 2019 (Silk Moth, El-Turk).
 
Camille has achieved notable acclaim for bridging both musical and cultural divides.  Born to an Egyptian father and English mother, her repertoire is as extensive as it is diverse, ranging from opera, oratorio and lieder to embracing both Arabic and Jewish music. Her CD, Daughter of Arabia draws on her cultural heritage as well as showcasing her vocal talent.  Camille has recently been awarded a PRS Resonance residency with Opera North, where she intends to explore the diversity of her cultural heritage more deeply.

Notable engagements have included Camille’s debuts at Grimeborn in 2019, in the role of Mother in Bushra El-Turk’s Silk Moth and also at the Wigmore Hall with the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, singing the UK premiere of two pieces by the Palestinian composer, Patrick Lama.  Camille champions the work of contemporary composers, premiering a number of vocal works by Julian Dawes and by Benjamin Wolf, including performing on Julian’s album of Jewish song, Echoes of the Soul. Other highlights have seen Camille singing the role of Anna in Tobias and the Angel; Reciter in Walton’s Facade, Murder in the Cathedral (Iris Theatre); the world premiere of Song of Songs (Ken Burton); chamber recitals with the Amos Ensemble, and a series of concerts with the London Vintage Jazz Orchestra.

Camille reached the final of the International Israeli Music Competition in 2008. Around that time, she also appeared regularly with the Iraqi-Jewish ensemble, Rivers of Babylon, performing at Simcha on the Square, as well as creating the role of Lola in Pocket the Clown (Jim Marcovitch) at Battersea Arts Centre.  Camille has performed numerous times with her own ensemble of Arabic and Jewish musicians and as a solo concert performer. Performances of note have included Music Beyond Frontiers, a concert of Arabic and Jewish music with Hilda Bronstein, as part of the Sing London Festival; a recital to support the Friends of Bereaved Families Forum: Israeli-Palestinian Families for Peace (LSO St. Lukes); concerts with the Choir of London, under the baton of John Rutter and performances for the charity Hafla which promotes Middle-Eastern co-existence. Camille has also performed for the charities, Live Music Now and Music In Hospitals and has twice taken the role of Musician in Residence at the Jewish Christian Muslim Conference in Germany.

Her passion for embracing music from many cultures has brought her success and accolades not only as a performer but also as an educator, working with children and young people across a wide range of communities including Spitalfields Music, Tower Hamlets, Hemel Hempstead, and South Oxhey (Watford). After living and working in London and Hertfordshire for many years, Camille has relocated to East Yorkshire. Her current work in education includes working as an Animateur for the Voices Foundation in schools in Grimsby, Bradford and Corby, as well as delivering the Create and Sing training for the Royal Opera House.
 
“The British-Egyptian mezzo Camille Maalawy, experienced in Arabic and Sephardic singing styles as well as Western classical music, was a perfect fit for Mother…Maalawy was not only a strong singer, but also an excellent actress who brought a warm humanity to Mother and projected complex emotion even when reacting to a phone screen.” Caroline Potter, I care if you listen, August 2019 (Silk Moth, El-Turk).

For more information visit: www.camillemaalawy.com, www.facebook.com/CamilleMaalawy or @Cmaalawy

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