The press gathering was addressed by Prof Dr Issam el Mallah, advisor to the Board of Directors ROHM, Umberto Fanni, director general, ROHM, Farid Rahi, producer and general manager of Opera Lebanon and Maroun Rahi, artistic director of Opera Lebanon. Umberto Fanni, director general said, 'This amazing Arab opera, Antar and Abla will be performed on May 3 and 4.'
Based on a famous tale passed down through the ages from the Arab medieval era, Antar and Abla is a ballad opera in two acts created and performed by Opera Lebanon with a fabulous cast of more than a hundred solo and choral singers, dancers and musicians.
Set in the desert domain of the Bani Abas tribe at a time of tribal conflict with the Tati Tribe, the plot revolves around the love and bravery of Antar: A poet and hero of mixed Arab and slave blood, the tournaments he contests and the battles he fights for the honour of his tribe and to win his beloved Abla.
Triumphant, Antar becomes a knight and valiantly proclaims the love of peace and prosperity in the Arab world.
The show, produced by Opera Lebanon, demonstrates the timeless love story of Antar and Abla that goes back to ancient Arab history. The story represents several themes, including discrimination, racism, honour and heroism. The opera will begin at 7.30pm.