German sponsor shelves Egyptian 'Aida'

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31 January 2005 , ST GOARSHAUSEN - A series of two dozen performances of "Aida" to be held in Cairo and Luxor, Egypt, has been cancelled owing to what the German company organising the events called "artistic differences" on Monday. The German company, Loreley Klassik, issued a statement saying Egyptian officials had unilaterally cancelled the Luxor performances set for March and the Cairo performances set for next September. Loreley Klassik called the cancellation "unexplicable". The statement confirmed

31 January 2005  

ST GOARSHAUSEN - A series of two dozen performances of "Aida" to be held in Cairo and Luxor, Egypt, has been cancelled owing to what the German company organising the events called "artistic differences" on Monday.

The German company, Loreley Klassik, issued a statement saying Egyptian officials had unilaterally cancelled the Luxor performances set for March and the Cairo performances set for next September.

Loreley Klassik called the cancellation "unexplicable".

The statement confirmed an announcement by Abdel Monem Kamal, director of the Egyptian Opera House, and reported in al-Gomhuria newspaper.

Giuseppi Verdi's opera, which is set in Eygpt, has been performed in Luxor and by the pyramids in Giza several times since the 1980s. But fears of terrorism and other problems have foiled attempts to make the performances into an annual event.

Kamal said, in his statement, that Loreley Klassik, the German company organising the event, had failed to make a USD 500,000 (EUR 384,000) payment, and had not abided by its contract with the opera house.

Relations between the two companies were reported to have been good earlier this month when Egyptian and German representatives from Loreley Klassik met with Kamal.

But there have also been reports of tension between Kamal and Samir Farag, the previous director of the opera house. The contract with Loreley Klassik was made under Farag.

The cancellation will result in a loss of a million dollars in tourism income, according to a source inside Lorely Klassik. The source, who said of the abrupt cancellation, "we are stunned", also said that half of the 40,000 available tickets for the opera have already been sold.

Loreley Klassik assured purchasers that their money would be refunded in full.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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