CAIRO – June 25, 2019: The Cairo Opera Ballet, under the direction of its artistic director Armenia Kamel, concludes its 2018-2019 season with the pieces “Carmen” and “Tango”.
The shows will be presented for three consecutive days (June 26, 27 and 28) starting at 8 p.m. at the Cairo Grand Opera House.
The music for “Carmen” was originally composed by French composer Geroges Bizet. The story of the play is set in Seville in 1830. “Carmen” revolves around a cunning gypsy who seeks to seduce unsuspecting men and lure them to a fatal end. Corporal Jose Navarro eventually became one of Carmen’s victims. Navarro went from a law-abiding officer to an outlaw due to his extreme adoration of Carmen.
The cunning gypsy managed to trick Navarro into working with his group of smugglers, which led to him becoming a prisoner on death row.
Additionally, “Tango Ballet” was composed by Astor Piazzolla and Leroy Anderson. It presents a collection of scenes combining classical and modern ballet with tango dances inspired by nature and the history of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, forming an innovative combination of art.
The Cairo Opera Ballet was founded in 1966 and was affiliated with the Higher Institute of Ballet. His first performance organized the same year. The Cairo Opera Ballet began staging shows outside of Egypt in 1972, traveling to many countries around the world including Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, France and Tunisia.
The Opera Ballet was officially affiliated with the Egyptian Opera in 1991.