Camille Maalawy

Camille Maalawy was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and is of British-Egyptian (Coptic) heritage.  She trained at Goldsmiths College with Nan Christie, and currently studies with Maureen Brathwaite. 

Camille was a finalist in the first International Israeli Music Competition, and has recently been awarded a PRS Resonance residency with Opera North, where she intends to explore the diversity of her cultural heritage more deeply.

Opera experience includes Mother, ‘Silk Moth’ (Bushra El-Turk, Ruthless Jabiru at Grimeborn); Anna, ‘Tobias and the Angel ‘(Jonathan Dove, Hemel Hempstead Community Choir); Carmen, ‘Carmen’; Dorabella, ‘Cosi fan tutte’, (Opera Gold); and Moth, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (British Youth Opera).

Camille champions the work of contemporary composers, most recently premiering four new vocal works in ‘Notes About Now’ (London Sinfonietta).  Other highlights include Camille’s debut at the Wigmore Hall with the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra; creating the role of Lola in ‘Pocket the Clown’ for Jim Marcovitch; Reciter, Walton’s ‘Façade’; ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ (Iris Theatre); mezzo soloist in ‘Song of Songs’ (Ken Burton), and several premieres for composer, Julian Dawes.

For Pegasus Opera, Camille has performed in ‘Mami Wata’, Engender Festival, Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and was a participant of the Pegasus Opera Mentoring Programme in 2020. 

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).

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)

Camille is blessed with a soulful voice that manifests through the light of her worldly heritage and experience. She infuses depth and passion into every musical performance.

Imran Ahmad - Film Composer

Lama's two songs to texts form Darwish's Yatirou-I Haanou felt like extended accompanied recitative, expressively presented by an excellent versatile mezzo Camille Maalawy, whose repertoire represents her "passion for embracing music from many cultures.

Wigmore Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Peter Grahame Woolf, musicalpointers.co.uk

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

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

Career
highlights

  • Trained at Goldsmiths College with Nan Christie, and currently studies with Maureen Brathwaite
  • Awarded a PRS Resonance residency with Opera North
  • Mother, ‘Silk Moth’ (Bushra El-Turk, Ruthless Jabiru at Grimeborn)
  • Anna, ‘Tobias and the Angel ‘(Jonathan Dove, Hemel Hempstead Community Choir)
  • Carmen, ‘Carmen’
  • Dorabella, ‘Cosi fan tutte’ (Opera Gold)
  • Moth, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (British Youth Opera)

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