American conductor and pianist Kamal Khan has performed with
many opera companies and in many venues around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera,
The Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Palm Beach Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires,
Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Theater Bonn,
Cape Town Opera, and Ópera de Puerto Rico. Additionally, Mr. Khan has conducted the
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra,
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic
Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Academy of St. Martin in the
As a recitalist and accompanist, Mr. Khan has appeared in venues such as Alice Tully Hall,
the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Suntory Hall
and Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Palau de Congressos in Andorra, and the Baxter Theatre Center
in South Africa with singers such as Juan Pons, June Anderson, Verónica Villarroel, Justino
Díaz, Lauren Flanigan, Ilona Tokody, Hermann Prey, and Ainhoa Arteta.
Mr. Khan is head of the University of Cape Town Opera School. He was assistant conductor
at the Metropolitan Opera and resident conductor and chorus master of the Palm Beach Opera.
He was also resident conductor of the Tenerife Opera Festival and head of faculty at the
International School of Vocal Study of the Balearic Islands. Additionally, Mr. Khan has
worked at Mannes College The New School For Music, Manhattan School of Music, International
Vocal Arts Institute, European Center for Vocal Arts, Chautauqua School of Music, Opera
Theatre of Saint Louis, Ravinia Festival, and Glimmerglass Opera.
A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Khan has received prizes from the National Foundation for
Advancement in the Arts, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Symphony
Orchestra. The PBS documentary I Live to Sing, based on his work in South Africa, won a
2014 Emmy Award for best cultural programing.