Spec­tac­u­lar open­ing for new sea­son

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2 Oc­to­ber 2016

7hurs­day 22 Septem­ber saw the Cairo 2pera House launch its new sea­son 2016 2017 with an un­for­get­table gala con­cert at the Main Hall. More than 300 artists from the Cairo 2pera Bal­let Com­pany, the Cairo 2pera Choir and the Cairo 2pera 2rches­tra con­ducted by avid Crescen i, par­tic­i­pated in the con­cert, en­thralling the au­di­ence with their fine per­for­mance.

7he evening which was di­rected by Ab­dalla Saad, fea­tured var­i­ous scenes from the most im­por­tant bal­lets and con­certs that this Cairo 2pera sea­son will present. Saad mas­ter­fully brought to­gether all the el­e­ments of the evening, cre­at­ing an ebul­lient mood.

7he leg­endary tenor Has­san Kami, one of the pi­o­neers of opera singing in Egypt, de­liv­ered a warm open­ing speech in which he stressed that a mu­si­cal artist lives through his au­di­ence .

Mr Kami said he had started his opera-singing ca­reer in 1963 and that now, more than half -a-cen­tury later, he is with his stu­dents and fel­low artists reap­ing the fruit of the good seed they planted back then. He proudly re­ferred to the Cairo 2pera House’s progress and ex­pan­sion over the past years. He said that to­day, 14 com­pa­nies af­fil­i­ated to the Cairo 2pera per­form mu­si­cal arts on seven the­atres in Cairo, Alexandria, and aman­hour. 7his con­sti­tutes a vi­brant, dy­namic wealth of mu­si­cal ac­tiv­ity that Egypt alone in the Arab re­gion can boast of, he said.

7he show then be­gan. 7he cur­tain lifted to re­veal a skele­tal model of the Cairo

A scene from Camille Saint-Sasns’s Sam­son and elilah started the con­cert 9alentin Barts chore­og­ra­phy brought out the bal­let dancers’ grace and har­mony in move­ment.

Arias from the most fa­mous clas­si­cal op­eras fol­lowed. So­prano Iman Mostafa and Bass-Bari­tone Reda al-:akil took the au­di­ence’s breath away with Mostafa’s per­for­mance of from Puc­cini’s Manon /es­caut, fol­lowed by :akil’s de­pic­tion of from 9erdi’s Mac­beth, and

from ounod’s Faust. 7he master­ful per­for­mance of Bari­tone Mostafa Mo­hamed from Bi et’s Car­men was among the evening’s high­lights. Me o So­prano -olie Fai y and So­pra­nos alia Farouk and Rasha 7alaat kept the au­di­ence on their toes with the fresh­ness and strength of their voices. Fai y per­formed from Bi et’s Car­men, Farouk sang a fresh from ounod’s Romeo and -uli­ette, and 7alaat reached new heights with a vi­brant by Arditi.

7he Cairo Bal­let Com­pany then pre­sented a scene from Borodin’s the Prince Igor. So­prano Iman Mostafa and 7enor Hisham al- uinidi per­formed a duet of

from Madame But­ter­fly by Puc­cini, fol­lowed by So­prano Mona Rafla’s mov­ing per­for­mance of from Catal­ini’s /a :ally.

7he con­cert ended on a high note when all the soloists Moined Bari­tone El­hamy Amin, 7enor Ibrahim 1agui and Bass-Bari­tone Ab­del-:ahab al-Sayed in singing an Ara­bic ver­sion of a scene from 7he Merry :idow by Fran /ehar. 7he au­di­ence got so car­ried away that they chimed in with the soloists.

7he Cairo 2pera’s Er­minia Kamel chore­ographed the bal­lets that ac­com­pa­nied the singing per­for­mances, and which were pre­sented by the Cairo Bal­let Com­pany.

7his Cairo 2pera House’s up­com­ing sea­son prom­ises a plethora of pleas­ant surprises, es­pe­cially that many in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies which had not come to Egypt since the Arab Spring tur­moil in 2011 are com­ing back. :e can ex­pec­tantly await per­for­mances by Bol­shoi Be­larus, An­to­nio ad­dis, Fla­menco de Madrid, 4uadro 1uevo, and Bol­ly­wood In­dia, in ad­di­tion to other per­for­mances by in­ter­na­tional soloists and com­posers. 7his in ad­di­tion to shows by Egyp­tian com­pa­nies and soloists, as well as the­atri­cal modern dancing groups. 7he Cairo 2pera’s seven the­atres in Cairo, Alexandria, and aman­hour will bu with ex­cite­ment as ea­ger spec­ta­tors con­verge on them to in­dulge in ex­pe­ri­ence of fine mu­si­cal art.

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