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I hope we shall also develop our touring programme, consolidating last
year's success at Savonlinna, where we presented Elektra and
But our most immediate project is the Verdi Season at Caesarea, a wonderful
open-air setting, which includes a new production of Otello, with
a wonderful Israeli bass Gabi Sadeh, and Israeli producer and designers.
We hope very much that opera lovers all over will want to come and enjoy
this production. Despite the various troubles -- we still continue as usual,
and this production promises to be a highlight of the operatic calendar.
MM -- Finally, and in view of the current Verdi Centenary, do you see
any chance of NIO ever performing in the Cairo Opera House -- home of Aida?
HM -- This is one of my dreams for the NIO, and in fact I have been in
discussion with the Cairo Opera about it, during various cultural meetings
in Israel. Their response, after many attempts to raise the topic, was in
the end negative -- that the Egyptian government felt it was 'not yet
the right time'! But then, when is the right time?
MM -- Let us be hopeful that a 'right time' will come soon,
and in the meantime look forward to NIO's Aida at Caesarea,
in a new production in summer 2002 as well as to all the rich programmes
you have outlined. It remains for me to express admiration and congratulations
to you and the NIO for your achievements in the world of opera.
Copyright © 12 April 2001
Malcolm Miller, London, UK
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