Art Alert: Met Opera to live screen Verdi’s Nabucco in Cairo, Alexandria

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jan 2017

The event is part of the worldwide live transmissions held by New York's Metropolitan Opera

(Photo: fragment form MET Opera's promotional photo of Nabucco)

As part of its live HD transmissions, Cairo Opera House and Bibliotheca Alexandrina will screen on Saturday Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in four acts Nabucco, to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera.

Conducted by James Levine, the opera will feature the famed baritone Plácido Domingo in a role of the title character. Renowned soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will sing role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s daughter while Jamie Barton will perform as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Zaccaria. 

Met Opera's international live HD transmissions were launched in December 2006 and became very popular, gaining a total of almost one million viewers worldwide in its second season. Today, over 70 countries across six continents – over 2,000 screens, including 750 in the USA – have joined the network.

In October 2010, Egypt introduced the live HD transmissions of Met Opera at the Red Sea’s El-Gouna and the Cairo Opera House.

In October 2015, Bibliotheca Alexandrina joined the network of international screenings.

Following Nabucco, in 2017 we will be able to watch Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (25 February), Verdi's La Traviata (11 March), Mozart's Idomeneo (25 March), Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (22 April) and Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (13 May). 


Saturday 7 January, 7.50pm

Cairo Opera House, small hall
and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, small theatre

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