Egyptian Opera House to Commemorate Umm Kulthoum Anniversary
On the death anniversary of the Arab diva Umm Kulthoum, the Egyptian Opera House will hold Monday at its Grand Theater a big concert to be presented by Abdel Halim Nuwairah Troupe for Arabic Music led by Maestro Salah Ghubashi, according to the daily al Ahram.
The concert will include songs by Umm Kulthoum that will be sung for the first time on the stage under the title Ela Sayyidati (to My Lady). The song Aghadan Alqak (Will I Meet You Tomorrow?) will be played on the lute by Sayyed Mansour, Min Agli A’Naik (For Your Eyes Sake) will be sung by May Farouq, Ya Firaq al Ahbab by Marwah Nami, Duet Ehna Wahdina (We Are Alone) sung by Walaa Nag and Thawrat al Shakk (Suspicion Revolution) by Riham Abdel Hakim.
The surprise in the concert will be the operetta Opera Aidah based on the international story Opera Aidah which was portrayed for the first time in Arabic in the film Aidah by Umm Kulthoum in 1942. The operetta was scheduled to be staged in two performances, the first composed by Mohammed al Qasabgi and the second by Riyadh al Sunbati.
In view of the fact that the film was too long, the second part was portrayed because it included the end of the story translated into Arabic by the Nile Poet Ahmed Shawki from the Italian original version written by the Italian poet Anthony Gislatzooty. The operetta will be performed by Agfan Taha, Atef Abdel Hamid, Marwah, Nagi and Mohammed Tulbah. The music was remade by Salah Ghubashi.
A number of songs will also be sung including al Fawazerer (Puzzles) by Abeer Amin, Ma Dam Bithibb Btikrah Laih (If You Love, Why Do you Hate?) by Rihab Mutawe’, Bitbe’ni Laih (Why Do You Sell Me?) by Mustafa Ahmed, Lil Sabr Hudood (Patience Has Limits) composed by Mohammed Nasr and sung by the troupe, Ya Hobbina al Gamil (Our Great Love and al Ward Gamil (Roses Are Beautiful) -- Albawaba.com