Metropolitan Opera HD transmissions back in Cairo with "Anna Bolena"

Ahram Online, Saturday 15 Oct 2011

On Saturday, 15 October, the Cairo Opera House resumes Metropolitan Opera HD transmissions with Donizetti’s "Anna Bolena"


"Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts." — Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera was founded by a handful of New York millionaires in 1880 and ever since has proved to be among the world's most ambitious opera venues, attracting the best performers and presenting the finest repertoire to its audience.

The Metropolitan Opera launched high definition transmissions of their operas in December 2006. The practice became very popular, gaining a total of almost one million viewers worldwide in its second season.

In October 2010, Egypt joined the international network of Met Opera live transmissions, received with great appreciation amongst Egyptian audiences. The transmissions continued until January 2011 and then many transmissions were canceled, allegedly due to financial obstacles caused by the January 25 Revolution.

With opening of its new season 2011/2012, the Cairo Opera House revives the transmissions, hoping to bring the complete season of the Metropolitan Opera to Cairo audiences.

Transmission of the Metropolitan Opera performing Donizetti’s "Anna Bolena" will begin at 7pm in the Small Hall of the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Saturday, 15 October.

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