Kamal Khan

Kamal Khan

American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan has performed with many opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Teatro de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Oper der Stadt Bonn and the Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany, Cape Town Opera, Opera South Africa, Opera de Puerto Rico, Asian Cultural Center, Korea and the International Festivals of Cervantino in Mexico and Santander, Mérida, La Coruña, Tenerife and Málaga in Spain. Additionally he has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, São Paulo Philharmonic, Balearic Islands Philharmonic, Oviedo Philharmonic, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

As a recitalist and accompanist Kamal Khan has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and Weill Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Gran Teatro Liceu and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Palais Garnier in Paris, Suntory Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Palau de Congressos in Andorra and the Baxter Concert Hall and Montecasino in South Africa with singers such as Nadine Sierra, Pretty Yende, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Michael Fabiano, Angela Meade, Sir Bryn Terfel, Veronica Villarroel, June Anderson, Juan Pons, Harolyn Blackwell, Ainoha Arteta, Justino Diaz, Lauren Flanigan, Herman Prey, Larissa Martinez and violinist Joshua Bell.

Prof. Khan is a founding member of “Opera for Peace” and is the Director of the Taller para Cantantes in Santo Domingo DR. and is Affiliate Faculty at the Royal Opera Covent Garden Jette Parker Young Artists Program and the Guildhall School. He was He was the Director of the Opera School at the University of Cape Town and Assistant Conductor and conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and was Resident Conductor and Chorus Master of the Palm Beach Opera where he founded the Resident Artist Program. He was also Resident Conductor of the Opera Festival in Tenerife, Head of Faculty of the International School of Vocal Study of the Balearic Islands and Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival. Additionally he has worked with the Juilliard School. Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music in New York, the International Vocal Arts Institute, European Center for Vocal Arts, Chautauqua School of Music, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Ravinia Festival and Glimmerglass Opera. He has given masterclasses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Opera Hogskolan at the University of the Arts in Stockholm, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, the University of Michigan, and Georgia State University in Atlanta.

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Kamal Khan was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and collaborated with such conductors as James Levine, Nello Santi, James Conlon, Julius Rudel, Christian Thielemann, Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato and singers Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Carlo Bergonzi, Tatiana Troyanos. Ghena Dimitrova and Bonaldo Giaiotti to name a few. While at the MET he was involved in the musical preparation of many new productions including the telecasts of Schenk / Schneider-Siemssen’s complete Ring Cycle, del Monaco’s La Fanciulla del West and Simon Boccanegra, Zeffielli’s Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci and the world premiers of Glass’ The Voyage and Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.

Some of the works he has conducted include Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Norma, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Favorita, L’Elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Il Tritico, Turandot, La Traviata, Nabucco, Un Ballo in Maschera, Carmen, Don Carlo, Werther, Mefistofele, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Die Fliegende Holländer, Ariadne auf Naxos, Porgy and Bess, Die Fledermaus, The Rake’s Progress, The Merry Widow and the African premieres of Il Viaggio a Reims, Dead Man Walking and the world premiers of Five:20 Operas Made in South Africa and Four:30 Operas Made in South Africa.

A native of Washington DC, Kamal Khan was the recipient from the first National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts prize, he is also received prizes and grants from the National Association of Music Teachers and the National Symphony Orchestra and the PBS- Channel 13 documentary “I Live to Sing” based on his work in South Africa won the 2014 EMMY for best cultural programing http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/i-live-to-sing-full-program/

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DON CARLO. Teatro Colon - La Coruna. 2019

“One would almost have to start with the conducting of Kamal Khan, verdian and pure, at all times intense, with nerve, without slacking in the dramatic tension, accompanying the singers and with the added difficulty of having joining a choir that was located for the Auto da Fe in the first floor boxes of the Colon Theater. Under his guidance, the Symphony of Galicia offered its usual good work, displayed in the mastery of the Verdian score. The best example was the prelude to “Tu che le vanita” in a precious game of live contrasts with more intimate passages. The baton was one of the keys that explain the great night of opera lived.” José Luis Jiménez (Opera Actual)