Art Alert: Rossini's one-act opera opens 1 November

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

An Egyptian rendition of the 200-year old 'L'inganno Felice' (The Fortunate Deception) one-act opera plays at the Cairo Opera House stage 1 and 2 November

Italian Composer Rossini- Photo: Facebook
Italian Composer Rossini- Photo: Facebook

The one-act Opera entitled L'inganno Felice by Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini was performed for the first time in Venice in 1812. Two centuries later, director Mahdy Sayed adapts the play for an Egyptian audience.

One of the most significant composers in Opera history, Rossini wrote a number of operas including one beloved by all audiences: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).

Set in a mining village in Italy, the L'inganno Felice is what would be called a romantic comedy in today's Hollywood. It is a story of love lost and regained, adorned with Rossnini's masterful compositions.

Performance of a one-act opera is the Cairo Opera's will to bring back these forms to its stages. Due to its lovely spirit, such operas not only attract a variety of social strata, they also serve as an opportunity for both the performers and the Cairo Opera Company to showcase their talents.

The singers include Mostafa Mohamed, Sarah Enany, Hisham El-Gindy, Eman Adel and Ezzat Sayed. L'Inganno Felice will feature Italian singing intertwined with Arabic dialogue.

L'inganno Felicewill be performed to the accompaniment of the piano.

The opera will be directed by Mahdy Sayed.

1, 2 November, 8:00pm
Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Small Hall

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