Cairo Opera Company
Kamy, Hassan (Cairo, 1941)
Egyptian tenor and administrator. He
studied in Cairo with Geilane Rathle and
then in Rome with Achille Braschi. In
1963 he made his début at the Cairo
Opera House, as Edgardo, and the next
year he joined the newly formed
Opera Company, singing Alfredo (in
Arabic) in the opening production.
His international début was in Russia in
1970, as Rodolfo; he went on to sing
Turiddu at the Bolshoy in Moscow and in
Leningrad, in 1972, and Cavaradossi in
Warsaw; followed by performances in
Sofia and other east European houses.
He was the first Egyptian tenor to sing
Radames, at Vilnius in 1974, going on to
sing the role in Rome in 1976, before
the Pyramids in Cairo in 1987 and at the
Metropolitan, New York, in 1991. He has
also performed in Barcelona, at the
Paris Opéra and at the Chicago Lyric,
and has sung in many Egyptian operettas
and in films.
He was appointed artistic director of
the new Cairo Opera House in 1991.
CHARLES PITT published in the New Grove
Opera Encyclopedia 1999