CAIRO - 25 June 2019: The Cairo Opera Ballet, under the supervision of its artistic director Armenia Kamel, concludes its 2018-2019 season with the plays "Carmen" and "Tango".
The shows will be presented for three days in a row (June 26, 27 and 28) starting 8 p.m. on the Grand Theater at Cairo Opera House.
"Carmen"’s music was originally composed by French composer Geroges Bizet. The story of the play takes place in Seville in the year 1830. "Carmen" revolves around a cunning gypsy girl who seeks to seduce unsuspecting men and lure them to a fatal end. Corporal Jose Navarro eventually became one of Carmen’s victims. Navarro turned from a law abiding officer into an outlaw because of his extreme adoration of Carmen.
The cunning gypsy girl managed to lure Navarro into working with her smuggling group, which led him to eventually become a prisoner on Death Row.
Furthermore, "Tango Ballet" was composed by Astor Piazzolla and Leroy Anderson. It features a collection of scenes combining classical and modern ballet with Tango dances inspired by the nature and 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. Its first performance staged in the same year. The Cairo Opera Ballet began to stage performances outside Egypt in the year 1972, touring numerous countries around the world, including Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, France and Tunisia.
The Opera Ballet was officially affiliated with the Egyptian Opera House in 1991.