Georges Bizet's Carmen to be performed at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Nov 2021

The famed opera will feature soloists, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Choir, Children Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Nayer Nagui

Carmen rehearal
Rehearsal for Carmen

The two consecutive evenings on 26 and 27 November, integrate an international cast of professional soloists in main roles with young Alexandrian voice students in secondary roles. 

The soloists include Corinna Scheurle (Carmen), Ragaa Eldin Ahmed (Don José), Dina Iskander (Micaëla), Bryan Boyce (Escamillo), Christine Magdy (Frasquita), Maryam Gamal Eldin (Mercedes), Khaled Samir (Morales),  Mohannad Mostafa (Zuniga), Ahmed Farouk (El Remendado), and Mohamed Gaber (El Dancairo).

The opera is directed by Manuel Schmitt. The choir master is Donia Akram and the children’s choir master is Mireille Banoub. The orchestra will be conducted by Nayer Nagui.

The story of Carmen is well known to Egyptian audiences. Based on a story by French author Prosper Merimee, the Spanish heroine who has made her way to George Bizet’s opera of the same name (premiering in 1875) has been staged at the Cairo Opera House numerous times. Dozens of other stagings of Carmen appeared on international stages since its premiere, usually to Bizet's music, presenting the Gypsy girl's story as theatre or dance shows. 

The upcoming performances come as a result of a collaboration between Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Goethe-Institut Alexandria.

Friday 26 November and Saturday 27 November, at 7pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library), Main Hall, Alexandria

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