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Art Alert: Cairo Opera Company to stage Verdi's Aida

The opera Aida holds special significance in Egypt's music history due to its thematic content and historical events

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
Opera Aida at the Cairo Opera House (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The famed opera Aida will be staged by the Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra over four nights: 26, 27, 29 and 30 September.

The event will include the opera's soloists with guest singers from Bulgaria and Italy, as well as the Cairo Opera Choir and Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

Opera Aida is being 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.

Aida has special thematic and historic significance in Egyptian culture and is one of the most popular operatic works performed in Egypt.

The opera was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871.

Throughout the decades the opera has continuously been performed in Egypt, at the old (Khedieval) opera house, then new Opera House.

The famed performances also took place at Deir Al-Bahari Temple (Hatshepsut Temple) in Luxor in the 1990s, and in front of the Giza pyramids.

Aida has returned to the stage of the Cairo Opera House where it is performed twice a year, and continues to remain among the opera's highlights, drawing large audiences to each performance.

26, 27, 29, 30 September, at 8pm
Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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