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'Farewell Shadia': Cairo and Alexandria operas to dedicate concerts to late Egyptian actress, singer Shadia

The iconic Egyptian artist passed away on Tuesday 28 November at the age of 86

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Nov 2017
Shadia performing El-Watan El-Akbar
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On Thursday 7 December, the Cairo Opera House will hold two concerts dedicated to Shadia, the iconic Egyptian actress and singer who passed away on Tuesday after a struggle with illness.

The concerts will be held concurrently at the main hall of the Cairo Opera House and the Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), operating under the management of the Cairo Opera.

The Cairo concert will be performed by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Troupe for Arabic Music, conducted by Ahmed Amer.

The Alexandria concert will feature the Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Singing under the baton of Abdel-Halim Abdel-Ghafar.

Both events start at 8pm.

Commenting on Shadia's passing, the Cairo Opera management expressed sorrow for the loss of a great artistic treasure. The press release added that Shadia's creative force has touched on many art fields; cinema, song, radio as well as theatre.

"Her art and voice remains immortal in the memory and souls of the people."

Shadia, a star of Egypt's golden age of song and cinema, died yesterday at Cairo's Galaa Military Hospital at the age of 86 after a long struggle with illness and after suffering a recent stroke.

Shadia was born in Cairo's Abdeen district, and became one of her generation's most prominent film stars from the 1950s to the 70s, appearing in over 112 films, 10 radio serials and one play.

In many films, she sang opposite stars Farid Al-Atrache and Abdel-Halim Hafez, appearing alongside the latter in a famous performance in The People’s Idol (1967) by director Helmy Rafla.

Some of her best-known songs include El-Qalb Yeheb Marrah (The Heart Loves Once), Shebbakna Satayro Harir (Our Window’s Curtains are Silk), Akwa Men El-Zaman (Stronger than Time), and El-Watan El-Akbar (The Greatest Homeland) alongside her contemporaries Abdel-Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda, Nagat El-Sagheera and Faiza Kamel.

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