Cairo Opera House to hold two con­certs in Saudi Ara­bia

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Ne­hal Samir

The Egyp­tian Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Inas Ab­del Dayem said that Saudi Ara­bia will host, for the first time in its his­tory, two con­sec­u­tive con­certs of the Cairo Opera House at the King Fa­had Cul­tural Cen­tre in Riyadh next Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Cairo Opera House pre­pared an artis­tic pro­gramme for its first visit to Saudi Ara­bia, which in­cludes art cre­ated by great com­posers and po­ets, and will be per­formed by the opera’s stars, ac­com­pa­nied by the band led by mae­stro Mostafa Helmy.

The two con­certs will also be ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­hi­bi­tion of rare pho­to­graphs, doc­u­ment­ing the his­tory of the opera and the most im­por­tant events held on its stage.

Mean­while, Ab­del Dayem praised the rapid steps taken by Saudi Ara­bia in re­cent years that fo­cused on forg­ing new paths in the cul­tural and artis­tic spheres.

Saudi Ara­bia wit­nessed a chain of de­ci­sions that are new to the con­ser­va­tive king­dom. Last year, the king­dom was the last coun­try to al­low women to drive, at­tend mixed mu­si­cal con­certs, and to re­ceive health­care with­out the pres­ence of a male guardian. Mean­while, days ago, it wit­nessed the launch­ing of its first cin­ema.

Ear­lier in 2018, it wit­nessed the first con­cert of many Egyp­tian singers, in­clud­ing Tamer Hosny.

The con­certs will be held at King Fa­had Cul­tural Cen­tre in Riyadh next week

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