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First opera in Saudi Arabia held at Riyadh university

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The first-ever opera in Saudi Arabia was held on Friday night (February 23) at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University amphitheatre, Akhbaar24 reported.

The Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) organised the “Antar and Abla” concert, which will be held on Saturday (February 24) also at the same Riyadh-based women-only university.

The show, produced by Opera Lebanon, demonstrates the timeless love story of Antar and Abla that goes back to ancient Arab history.

The Lebanese opera was staged at the Bahrain National Theatre last February, as part of the 2017 Spring of Culture.

The composers include Maroun Al Rahi, Antoine Maalouf and Nayer Nagui. The main soloists are Ghassan Saliba as Antar and Lara Jokhandar as Abla.

(With Inputs from Arab News)

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