A Scene from “Telephone Opera” [Photo: Cairo Opera House Media Office]
CAIRO – 21 September 2017: The Cairo Opera Choir will perform two consecutive concerts on September 25 and September 26 at the Cairo Opera House.
The choir will play a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli in the first concert. It will perform a number of hits by both iconic singers including, “New York, New York,” “It is Only a Paper Moon,” and “Falling in Love with Love.”
A number of singers will participate at the concert including Iman Moustafa, Rasha Talaat, Mona Rafla, Hisham Elguindy, and Mostafa Mohamed.
“The Telephone Opera” will be performed in the second concert by the choir. The singers participating are Jacqueline Rafik and Ezzat Ghanem.
“The Telephone Opera” is a one-act comedy Opera composed by iconic Italian-American composer Carlo Menotti.
The storyline is about a man (Ben) intending to propose to his friend (Lucy). He goes to visit her at her apartment, but she is busy answering telephone calls.
When Ben proposes, the telephone rings. Finally, he decides to propose to her through the telephone.
The Cairo Opera Choir officially formed in 1964. Its first performance was “La Traviata” Opera in Arabic and a number of international performances, including the 9th Symphony by Beethoven at the Cairo Opera House.
Although the Cairo Opera House burned down in 1971, the choir never dissolved. It performed at El Gomhoriya Theatre and Sayed Darwish Theatre until the Cairo Opera House was reconstructed in 1988.
It represented a number of impressive soloists such as Iman Mustafa, Neven Allouba, and Reda El Wakil. The choirs’ repertoire includes 32 operas of the best international compositions from the Baroque Era to date.