‘Arab Canticle’ to Open Saudi National Fest
The inauguration of the Saudi National Festival of Cultural Heritage will witness a special artwork which gathers Syrian director Najdat Ismael Anzur, Saudi singer Mohammed Abdo and poet Ghazi al Qusaibi.
The 7th edition of the festival will be opened by the operetta Unshudat al Oruba (Arab Canticle) directed by Anzur, composed by Abdo and written by Qusaibi, according to the Saudi daily Al Riyadh.
Abdo will be joined by seven prominent Arab singers in performing the operetta which is considered the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia as it contains a large number of prominent Arab singers.
Anzur flied to London to meet the Saudi ambassador to the UK, Qusaibi, the operetta writer, to discuss with him the operetta's vision.
Anzur left for London after his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he met with Prince Mite’b bin Abdulla bin Abdel Aziz, the festival higher committee deputy chairman. The two discussed matters relating to the operetta performances during the festival this year.
On his visit to Riyadh, Anzur was accompanied by the English art show expert, Christopher George.
“George and I saw the main show hall in Jinadriyyah, where the ceremony will be held. We set the general framework for the performance based on the operetta script and hall conditions,” Anzur told the daily.
Last year, festival officials sought the help of French director John Pascal with the operetta Khaleej Al Khair (Gulf of Blessings). Pascal directed the inauguration ceremony of the World Cup in Paris in 1998 – Albawaba.com
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