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Cairo Opera first ever hologram concert to feature famed Um Kalthoum

The evening will feature two singers, May Farouk and Reham Abdel Hakim, known for singing Um Kalthoum's repertoire

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Feb 2020

Egypt's Ministry of Culture has announced that the first ever hologram concert will be staged at the Cairo Opera House on 6 March.

The show will feature famed singer Um Kalthoum, referred to as the "Star of the Orient."

In an official press release, Minister of Culture Ines Abdel Dayem said that introducing hologram performances to the Cairo Opera's Main Hall is an important step in using this technology and promoting creativity.

"It comes without saying that Um Kalthoum deserves to be the first artist featured in such event, as it will also bring us closer to olden times and their creative beauty," Abdel Dayem commented.

"The idea of the concert," she continued, "comes from the necessity of using modern methods to attract young people and new generations to real art, in addition to safeguarding our artistic heritage and reshaping the awareness of society."

Magdy Saaber, the Cairo Opera House chairman, underlined the importance of the event, saying that Jehan Morsi will be the artistic director of the opening ceremony.

The evening will include an orchestra under the baton of Mostafa Helmy, while Mahmoud Hagag and Yasser Shaalan will be in charge of light, sound and scenography.

The concert will also feature two singers — May Farouk and Reham Abdel Hakim — who are known for performing Um Kalthoum's repertoire in the many concerts staged in Egypt and internationally. 

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