Ratiba Hefny was an Egyptian and an international Opera singer (Soprano) who has performed in more than 500 opera performances.
She was the dean of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo. She became the director of the Cairo Opera House in 1988.
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She grew up in a musical family, her father Mohamed Ahmed El-Hefny has written more than 45 books on music, and her grandmother to her mother was of a German origin, who also was a German opera singer. Ratiba started playing the piano at the age of five.
She also gave her singing voice to Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Hefny was Dean of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo in 1962, the first woman to attain that post. She headed the Cairo Opera House in 1988, and stayed in this post until her retirement in March 1990. She also acted as supervisor of the Centre for Talent Development of Cairo Opera House.
She was also a pioneer of the contemporary musical movement of the Arab World.
El-Hefny held several senior influential positions, including the Dean of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music for almost a decade.
Her special passion was opening up the world of music to children, and to this end she encouraged the Cairo Opera Children’s Choir and Oum Koulthum Ensemble for Arabic Music.