Classical music comes to Egypt

18th Jul 2012

Visitors to Luxor in Egypt are no doubt expecting to see evidence of classical civilisations but probably not anticipating hearing classical music as well.

The country is not renowned for its classical music background but academics have suggested that Mozart's the Magic Flute was set in an imagined ancient Egypt. Two special events are now to be held at the Luxor Temple to celebrate the connection between the composer and the country.

The first will take place in October 2013 with an original performance of the opera by the Dutch Combattimento Consort Amsterdam being hosted in Egypt's former capital.

And there will also be a premiere of a new show called Mozart, which aims to combine the composer's music with the atmospheric sounds of the old Egyptian civilisation, in the city formerly known as Thebes.

Mozart is of course usually more associated with Vienna, and Luxor is famous for its huge network of open air tombs and temples, but tourism officials have confirmed that the Luxor Temple will host the two events to celebrate the link between the two.


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