Chairman of the Board of the Cairo Opera House
Dr. Khaled Dagher Academic degrees: - Obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the Higher Institute of Music (Cairo Conservatoire) in 1992. - In 2003, he earned his Master’s degree and then his PhD in 2007. - In 2018, he received the academic title of Professor. Professional titles: - In 2020, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Music, Opera and Ballet Sector of the Cairo Opera House. - Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Cairo Opera House. Work experience: - He collaborated with several international orchestras as cello soloist within and outside Egypt. - He also participated in playing solo cello pieces in numerous Egyptian movies and series. - Two of his dramatic music compositions were nominated to compete in the Cannes Film Festival. - Since becoming the Artistic Director of the Cairo Opera House, Dagher has been in charge of all the artistic festivals that are held at the Cairo Opera House - the Summer Festival and Ramadan Nights – and at a number of Egyptian governorates - Dendera Music Festival, Abydos Music & Song Festival, Suez Music Festival, Tel Basta Music Festival in Al Sharqia, Rasheed Music Festival, Al Minya Music Festival and the Citadel Festival for Music & Singing (29th & 30th sessions). - Dagher was assigned to compose the music that accompanies the news of the parliament sessions. - He has a vast repertoire of soundtrack works performing the music of more than 40 dramatic works: series, films and theatrical works. - Dagher has arranged the music of numerous distinguished songs like the well-known national anthem which was sung by the famous Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen. - He discussed and supervised several theses (Masters and PhDs). - He was jury member in several Egyptian arts competitions including the State Prize Award. - He organized a number of Arab Music Conference seminars in addition to several cultural and scientific seminars at the Supreme Council of Culture. - He holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Music Committee at the Supreme Council of Culture. Music compositions: He composed soundtracks of many drama works, including: - “Cairo, Kabul” (series) - “Land of Hypocrisy” (series) - “Dawran Shubra” (series) - “Clash” (movie) - “An Ant’s Scream” (movie) - “Karmouz’s War” (movie) - “The Suit” (movie) - He composed and performed the music of the opening ceremony of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in participation with musicians from Sweden. - He composed songs for Egyptian and Arab singing stars in Egypt such as: the great artist Ali Al-Hajjar, Carmen Suleiman, Bahaa Sultan and Muhammad Mohsen. - He participated in the recordings of albums of international artists such as Ricky Martin - Trois Soleils - and Mozar Al-Masry. Dagher participated in composing, executing, and recording this entire album. Worth mentioning, Mozar Al-Masry project toured many Arab and European countries like France, Holland, Saudi Arabia, etc. International tours: Dagher participated in many international tours with a number of orchestras, including: the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and the Aberdeen International Festival Orchestra.
The General Authority of the National Cultural Center "Egyptian Opera House"
The National Cultural Center known as (Cairo Opera House) is one of the most important cultural beacons in Egypt. Since the inauguration of the new Opera House by former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak on October 10, 1988, after seventeen years closure, it provides various high-profile activities and creative arts at affordable prices (most of the time), with the aim of attracting the masses. The successive administrations were keen to present a variety of lyrical and musical arts in addition to the opera, so as to communicate with different categories of society. Consequently, the opera is no longer restricted to a certain group of the educated class (and in formal clothes), but has become a center for many groups of society, especially youths.
The mission of the Egyptian Opera House
The National Cultural Center has not limited itself to providing fine arts, but it has become an enlightening cultural center with a strategy and a plan with clear features, providing what is commensurate with its goals in building national art, its development and crystallization, and it also clearly contributes to the building and development of the Egyptian and Arab people through education, education and creativity. The National Cultural Center pursues a policy of diversity, renewal and encouragement to draw the features of the new Egyptian culture.the center has worked hard to continue national and international cultural communication, combining international musical and artistic performances with the roots of folk and heritage art. it also paid attention to encouraging conscious youth, placing it next to leading international musical artists, and provided an opportunity for everyone within the framework of a deep understanding of its cultural message and artistic and humanitarian content. Believing from the National Cultural Center that it is the work itself that sorts out the pros and cons, he was able to develop things and avoid previous mistakes . He is also interested in presenting international and Egyptian performances on the stage of his big theater and exerts effective efforts in achieving the vision adopted by the center in formulating awareness and activating cultural thought.the center also holds seminars, cultural meetings and various concerts on the small stage, which are presented regularly within a stable and clearly defined plan, goals and diversity, including all intellectual and artistic currents starting from meetings and dialogues to artistic performances. The Opera House also sends artistic teams on artistic tours in various governorates of Egypt to provide an opportunity for regional audiences to see these international and local creations and Fine Arts. Therefore, the goal of the existence of the National Cultural Center is to be truly an open university for all intellectuals, as well as to discover young talents in various fields of the arts.
The art of opera is not an art far from the taste of the Orientals or Egyptians, especially, the ancient Egyptian history is filled with musical models accompanied by dramatic performances and poetry, and on the walls of the temples were engraved wonderful recordings of many ancient Egyptian celebrations, which shows the extent of interest in the art of music, singing and dancing, they even invented many musical instruments for a love of music, so we find the famous harp instrument on which various developments were carried out until it has now reached the instrument of the oriental lute. The story of the creation of the ancient opera was closely associated with the opening of the Suez Canal during the reign of the Khedive Ismail, who was passionate about the arts and therefore it was called the Khedivial Opera. As a result of Khedive Ismail's love for high art and his passion for it, he wanted the Khedive Opera House to be an architectural masterpiece no less than its counterparts in the world, so he commissioned Italian engineers avoscani and Russian to design it taking into account artistic accuracy and architectural splendor, and Khedive Ismail was interested in decorations and artistic splendor, and he used a number of painters, illustrators and photographers to decorate and beautify the Opera. Before the construction was completed, the great monarch had begun to prepare for his new home a pure artistic heritage that refers first of all to the glorious past of Egypt. Mariette Pasha asked the Khedive to choose a story from the pages of ancient Egyptian history that would serve as the nucleus of a poetic play.her poetry was organized by the Italian poet giala nazouk and the reign of Khedive Ismail to the musician Verdi by setting her high Music. The Immortal opera "Aida" with its Egyptian national theme, its lively songs and wonderful music was the product of the three geniuses. The Khedivial Opera was opened on the first of November 1869 with the celebrations of the Suez Canal, and despite the interest of Khedive Ismail and his firm desire that the Khedivial Opera House be opened with the performance of Aida opera, circumstances prevented it from being presented on the opening date and the Khedivial Opera was opened with the performance of Rigoletto. The ancient opera was considered the first on the continent of Africa and its theater was considered one of the most spacious, prepared and luxurious in the world. At the dawn of the twenty-eighth of October 1971, the ancient Egyptian opera house burned down completely, leaving only the statues "prosperity" and "renaissance of the Arts", which are the work of the artist Mohammed Hassan.
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New Cairo Opera House
The Egyptian Opera House, or the General Authority of the National Cultural Center, was opened in 1988 and is located in its new building, which was built by a grant from the Japanese government to its Egyptian counterpart on the land of Al-Jazeera in Cairo.the house was built in the Islamic style. This great cultural edifice, which opened on October 10, 1988, is the alternative to the Khedive's Opera House, which was built by Khedive Ismail in 1869 and burned down on October 28, 1971 after remaining a cultural beacon for 102 years. The history of the construction of the old opera house dates back to the period of prosperity witnessed by the era of Khedive Ismail in all fields. Khedive Ismail ordered the construction of the Khedivial Opera House in the Azbakeya neighborhood in central Cairo on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal, where he intended to invite a large number of kings and Queens of Europe. The opera was built in just six months after its design was developed by the Italian architects avoscani and Ross. Khedive Ismail's desire was for an Egyptian Opera to be opened by the Khedivial Opera House, an opera Aida, whose music was composed by the Italian musician Verdi, but circumstances prevented it from being presented at the time of the opening ceremony, so the opera Rigoletto was presented at the official opening, which was attended by Khedive Ismail, Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, King of Austria and crown prince of Prussia. The Khedivial Opera House, which burned down at dawn on October 28, 1971, had a capacity of 850 people, and there was a place dedicated to important personalities and that house was characterized by grandeur and luxury.
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