For Christmas and the New Year, the Sayed Darwish Theatre in Alexandria, better known as the Alexandria Opera House, has treated audiences to Christmas carols and a children’s choir concert.
The Christmas concert featured Cairo Opera Orchestra led by its technical manager Iman Mustafa, Conductor Nayer Nagui, and directed by Hisham al-Tali. The repertoire included time-honoured numbers such as Jingle Bells, We wish you a Merry Christmas, All what I want for Christmas is you, Stella de Luce, Baby Jesus, When you believe, Hallelujah, Holy Night, Saint Mary and White Christmas. They were performed by Sopranos Iman Mustafa, Mona Rafla, Rasha Talaat, Dina Iskander, Jackline Rafiq, Amina Khairat, and Jolie Faizi; tenors Waleed Karim and Amr Medhat, baritones Mustafa Mohammed and Elhami Amin; and bass Reda al-Wakeel.
The Alexandria Opera House also held a concert by the children’s choir of Alexandria Opera, conducted by Abdel-Hamid Abdel-Ghaffar. The children were trained by Ayman Mustafa, Nada Ghaleb and Maie al-Gbaili. To a full house, the children presented a variety of beautiful songs, including the folk song Tilaat Ya Mahla Nurha (The sun is risen, how beautiful it’s light), Abreeq al-Shai (The tea pot), and Ghaneeli Shwi Shwi (Sing to me). In the second part of the concert, the children thrilled the audience with their performance of the songs of the iconic puppet show Al-Leila al-Kabira (The Grand Night)++ with lyrics by Egypt’s legendary vernacular poet Salah Jahin (1930 – 1968) to music by the great Sayed Mekkawi (1928 – 1997).
The Alexandria Opera children’s choir was formed in 2011, and has presented successful operettas for children, including Dandurma (Ice-cream).
23 December 2018