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ADMAF presents first ever UAE production of children's opera

Hh sheikh mansour bin zayed al nahyan and mrs. hoda kanoo with the children 30th May 2010


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 May 2010:  HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, attended the first ever UAE production of opera by children at the Abu Dhabi Theatre on Friday, May 28. The event was organised by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) as part of its educational program, “Riwaq Al Ma’arifa”, that aims to promote art education and nurture artistic knowledge and talent among students in the UAE.

The students delivered an outstanding performance at the first ever UAE production of opera for children. HE Alain Azouaou, Ambassador of France to the UAE and HE Mrs. Hoda Al-Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation also attended the event. A thrilled audience of school families, teachers, friends and art lovers cheered the unique production that brought together about 40 students of various nationalities. The Opera was interpreted in French with one piece of traditional Arabic music, played on the Oud.

Her Excellency Hoda Al-Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, said:

“ADMAF is pleased to support the production of this children’s opera. Today marks the culmination of six months of work, dedication and commitment by over 40 children (and their parents) from the schools of Abu Dhabi as well as the promising student set designers of Higher Colleges of Technology, Women’s College. The hours of preparation involved in perfecting the children’s opera has shown these young ambassadors of cultural dialogue the value of discipline and the importance of teamwork.” Mrs. Kanoo also announced presenting the ADMAF Creativity Award to the students of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Women’s College, for their creative contribution to this project

The performances were the result of six months of auditions and rehearsals by a choir established for this purpose. Over the long term the aim of the project is to maintain the choir and produce similar events on an annual basis, providing an opportunity for students of various nationalities from the UAE to pursue their interests in classical arts.

The initiative falls within the ADMAF’s comprehensive educational programme and aims at educating children about the classical arts and encouraging cultural dialogue. The Foundation advances art, cultural and educational programs with leading national and international organizations, institutions and individuals. ADMAF serves under the Presidency and Patronage of HE Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.