The American University in Cairo joins public transmission of the Met Opera

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 Jan 2017

While Gounod's Romeo and Juliet will be the fourth Met Opera screening to be held at AUC this academic year, it is the first public performance provided by this institution

Romeo and Juliet
Scene from Romeo and Juliet (Photo: promotional material of the Met Opera)

In its first public screening of the public transmission of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, the audience will be treated to Romeo and Juliette by Charles Gounod.

The opera will be conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and will feature renowned German soprano Diana Damrau as Juliet and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Romeo.

"While this will be the fourth Met Opera screening to be held at AUC this academic year, it is the premiere public performance, further strengthening AUC’s role as a cultural hub for the New Cairo community," reads the AUC's press release. 

John Baboukis, director of the music programme in the Department of the Arts at AUC, adds that with the public screenings, the university aims at creating opportunities for more people to go to the opera.

"There are so many people moving out to this area, and it is more feasible for them to come here than downtown. We want to develop the audience that is right here. We also want to make sure that when people come and see the opera, they know about all the other amazing things happening on campus, such as our concert schedule, theatre program and film series.”

The AUC screening will be preceded by brief introductory remarks about the opera presented by Baboukis.

AUC is the fourth institution in Egypt to participate in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD programme.

Cairo Opera House launched the screenings in 2010 alongside screenings at the Red Sea’s El-Gouna.

In October 2015, Bibliotheca Alexandrina joined the international network. 

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 making it one of the most successful projects of the renowned opera.

Today audiences in the hundreds of halls across the world have an opportunity to watch the best operatic productions with the renowned soloists and conductors.

Saturday 21 January, 7,50pm

- Cairo Opera House, Cairo
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria
- American University in Cairo - New Campus (Please check the hour of the presentation of the opera by John Baboukis, prior to the screening)
- El-Gouna, Red Sea

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