David Hales, pianist and repetiteur for the Cairo Opera Company, passed away in the early hours of Sunday in Cairo after suffering an age-related health crisis.
Hales was a pianist and a repetiteur with the Cairo Opera Company and performed regularly with solo, chamber, large instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Born in the UK and a graduate of Durham University in the North of England and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Hales established himself in Cairo, Egypt.
He had been a staff member at the Cairo Conservatoire and the Cairo Opera Company since 1980, where he coached many Cairo Opera soloists and assisted them as a prompter.
Hales’ musical activities extended beyond the Cairo Opera House, as he was part of numerous formations. For decades, he was also a pianist and musical advisor to the Cairo Choral Society, operating under the American University in Cairo with artistic director and conductor John Baboukis.
With the Cairo Opera House (and other institutions linked to classical music) being his second home, over the decades Hales developed very close creative and personal relationships with hundreds of Egyptian musicians of many generations.
Hales died in a Cairo hospital where he was admitted a day earlier with advanced health deterioration.
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