Opera Aida returns back to pyramids
The Opera Aida by Italian musician Giuseppe Verdi, will be performed this year in the shadow of the Egyptian pyramids, between October 10 – 31, according to the London-based daily al Hayat.
Similar opera was scheduled for last year, however, due to the attacks on the United States, the performances were cancelled.
The performance will be directed by the Egyptian director Abdel Menem Kamel at a theater purposely built for the event with a seaty capacity of 5,000. The designer is Egyptian engineer Mahmoud Haggag.
754 artists will participate in the show, 400 of them will play the roles of soldiers, in addition to 122 music players in the Cairo Opera Orchestra, 150 singers in the Cairo Opera Chorus, 600 dancers in the Cairo Opera Ballet troupe including 20 children and 22 Egyptian and foreign opera singers.
Aida is a classic tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and death that tells the story of an Egyptian princess who falls in love with a French army commander.
It was commissioned by Egypt’s Khedive Ismail and composed in 1869 to mark the opening of both the Cairo Opera House and the Suez Canal – Albawaba.com