Abu Dhabi connects with 46 countries around the world in a shared cultural event

Press release
Published March 21st, 2011 - 10:40 GMT

The Metropolitan Opera, New York’s highly acclaimed opera company performed Donizetti’s tragic romance Lucia di Lammermoor for full house in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall Cinestar movie theatre last night (Sunday 20th) as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2011, held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The broadcast formed part of the Emmy-award winning ‘The Met Live in HD’ series. Now entering its fifth year, the series broadcasts into more than 1,500 movie theatres in over 46 countries. 

Her Excellency Mrs. Hoda I Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival said: “I am thrilled that the Abu Dhabi Festival is participating in a series of broadcasts that will connect us with countries and people all over the world. The Abu Dhabi Festival is about sharing in the unique spirit of music and the arts to bring people together. This performance is a true reflection of that spirit – broadcast in Abu Dhabi from New York, a diverse and accomplished cast, performing an opera in the Italian language. This is a true celebration of the ability of the arts to transcend the barriers between us and unite us in appreciation and shared enjoyment.”

Background Information

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Through arts education, community arts and special projects, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has been nurturing creativity across the UAE for more than two decades. Since its establishment by Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo in 1996, it has been at the forefront of the UAE’s arts sector, inspiring young people, the public and artists, enabling creative expression through a wide range of programmes and projects. By bringing together audiences and institutions, the Foundation has helped embed arts and culture in the heart of the nation.

It seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision, motivated by the belief that culture is the key that unlocks a nation’s creativity and the language that transcends borders. Culture is the anchor that unites a nation and ADMAF undertakes a broad range of initiatives and events each year to bring together diverse audiences in the UAE and internationally. As well as fostering close communities and cross-cultural dialogues, the Foundation also recognises the fundamental right for every person, regardless of age or ability, to access, understand and appreciate cultural expression.

Abu Dhabi Festival

Abu Dhabi Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. The Festival is the UAE's foremost celebration of art and culture bringing together the greatest musicians, performers and artists from both the East and West in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. It seeks to reflect the determination of the capital to take the lead in cultural understanding.

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