Cairo Opera Ballet Company- Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia
CAIRO – 3 January 2018: Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Cairo Opera Orchestra will be staging “Swan Lake” Ballet at Cairo Opera House from January 10 to January 13. The classical ballet will also be showcased at Alexandria Opera House on Jan 17-18.
“Swan lake” is one of the prestigious classical ballets that is constantly performed by the ballet companies worldwide since its first composition in 1875 by Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer of the romantic period.
The ballet depicts a love story that revolves around a lovely swan princess named Odette who spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form. The ballet portrays a couple who falls in love featuring magic, tragedy, and romance.
The performance will be conducted by Egyptian maestro and music composer Nayer Nagui . Nagui, the former Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Cairo Symphony Orchestra, is also the Founder and Music Director of the Cairo Celebration Choir that is comprised of 120 members who perform famous Chorus works and Oratorios.
First conducted and directed by the late Abdel Moneim Kamel who added modifications to the repertoire of the company including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Cinderella among others. His wife Erminia Kamel has later took over the company following Abdel Moneim’s death and has become the current official artistic director of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.
Cairo Opera Ballet Company was established in 1966 and associated to the Higher Ballet Institute. The company's members were coached by Soviet experts. The company performed Egypt starting in several countries as Moscow, Germany, France among others.
Members of the company are regularly performing on stages worldwide the steady repertoire that Abdelmoneim launched including Swan Lake.