The Met's Opera version of Rodelinda plays at the Cairo Opera House in HD

Ahram Online, Friday 2 Dec 2011

Although many events were on hold, the Cairo Opera House resumes its activities on Saturday, transmitting the New York Metropolitan Opera's Rodelinda by Handel in HD

Renee Fleming

On Saturday, 3 December, the Cairo Opera House will present a 4-hour high definition transmission of the Met Opera's Rodelinda, which will be simultaneously watched by thousands around the world.

Handel's Rodelinda is based on the play Pertharite by a French playwright Pierre Corneille with the libretto written by Salvi.

The seventh-century city of Lombardy sets the background for the action revolving around Queen Rodelinda and her husband, usurped King Bertarido.

The Met Opera’s Rodelinda opened on 14 November. Renee Fleming sings the role of Rodelinda.

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.

Saturday 3 December, 7pm

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall

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