Opera Aida is comin' back around at Cairo Opera House

Opera Aida is comin' back around at Cairo Opera House
2.5 5

Published May 22nd, 2013 - 05:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

Rate Article:

 
PRINT Send Mail
comment (0)
AiDA poster gets us excited for another dose of the famous opera
AiDA poster gets us excited for another dose of the famous opera
Follow >
Click here to add Abdalla Saad as an alert
Abdalla Saad
,
Click here to add Abdel-Moneim Kamel as an alert
Abdel-Moneim Kamel
,
Click here to add Aldo Magnato as an alert
Aldo Magnato
,
Click here to add Antonio Ghislanzoni as an alert
Antonio Ghislanzoni
,
Click here to add Auguste Mariette as an alert
Auguste Mariette
,
Click here to add Cairo as an alert
Cairo
,
Click here to add Cairo Opera Ballet Company as an alert
Cairo Opera Ballet Company
,
Click here to add Cairo Opera Company as an alert
Cairo Opera Company
,
Click here to add Cairo Opera Orchestra as an alert
Cairo Opera Orchestra
,
Click here to add Deir Al as an alert
Deir Al
,
Click here to add Erminia Kamel as an alert
Erminia Kamel
,
Click here to add Giovanni Bottesini as an alert
Giovanni Bottesini
,
Click here to add Giuseppe Verdi as an alert
Giuseppe Verdi
,
Click here to add Khedivial Opera House in Cairo as an alert

Opera Aida is a standard in the Cairo Opera House repertoire. Usually performed once a year, this the large opera work by Giuseppe Verdi returns to the stage for the second time this season. Aida opened the Cairo Opera Company's 2012/2013 season with its performance in September 2012.

This time, again, the opera will be performed for four evenings, between 24 - 28 May (except 25 May), in the Cairo Opera House Main Hall.

Aida is directed by late Abdel-Moneim Kamel with executive director Abdalla Saad and includes artists from the Cairo Opera Company; Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui; Cairo Opera Ballet Company with choreographer Erminia Kamel; Cairo Opera Choir and A Capella Choir with choir master Aldo Magnato.

Originally composed to premiere in Egypt, today, the opera Aida gains the high interest of international audiences and has become a staple performance of many renowned opera houses. Every month news of adaptations of Aida filter through from Europe, Asia, the Americas or Arab countries. 

Composed to the libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni and based on a story written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, commissioned by the Khedive Ismail Pasha, Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871. Conductor Giovanni Bottesini led the opera and since then the Khedieval Opera House served as the home for Aida performances in Egypt, hosting many international soloists and conductors.

Later on, the opera was also performed at the pyramids as a mega production with over 1600 artists on stage (1987) and at the backdrop of the Deir Al-Bahari Temple, Hatchepsut Temple in Luxor (1994-1997). Since 1998, the opera was moved to Cairo and it was performed behind the pyramids in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  After that, the opera returned to the Cairo Opera House where it remained until 2009. It was in 2010 that Aida, once again, was held in the pyramids area and was performed at the Sound and Light location, with the pyramids and Sphinx as the backdrop. Following that, productions were held again inside the Cairo Opera House.

Programme:
24, 26, 27, 28 May, 8pm
Cairo Opera House Main Hall
Zamalek


Will you be attending Opera Aida for the first or second time this season? Please let us know!

Advertisement

© Copyright Al-Ahram Publishing House

Add a new comment

 avatar