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Art Alert: Verdi's Aida to be performed at Cairo Opera House

Aida is among the most popular operatic works performed in Egypt and will return to the Cairo Opera House for four evenings

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
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May 2013 production of Opera Aida, performed at the Cairo Opera House (Photo: Sherif Sonbol)
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Opera Aida is among the best-known works by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

In Egypt, Aida is performed frequently, and will now return to the Cairo Opera House during four evenings: 28, 29,30 March and 1 April. The performances will feature soloists from the Cairo Opera Company alongside the guest international singers.

The evenings will be conducted by David Crescenzi, and will also include the participation of the Cairo Opera Choir and Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

Opera Aida is composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni and is based on a story written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, commissioned by the Khedive Ismail Pasha. It was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871.

The opera was performed at the Pyramids in a mega production in 1987. In 1994, Aida started taking place in front of the Deir Al-Bahari Temple (Hatchepsut Temple) in Luxor until the terrorist attacks on tourists at the location in 1997 – just one month after the opera was held there – halted further performances in Luxor.

The opera was then moved to Cairo and initially performed behind the Pyramids, and in the 2000s it was shifted between the Pyramids and the new Cairo Opera House.

The current performance of Aida is directed by the late Abdel-Moneim Kamel, with Abdalla Saad as executive director.

Programme:
28, 29,30 March and 1 April at 8pm
Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

 

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