Istanbul Opera Festival opening postponed due to rain

The opening of this yearand’s Istanbul International Opera Festival has been postponed to June 11 due to a rainy forecast for Monday evening, the eventand’s organizers announced on Saturday.
The sixth edition of the festival was going to open with the Istanbul State Opera and Balletand’s (iDOB) outdoor performance of the Mozart opera and”Die Entfanduhrung aus dem Serailand” (The Abduction from the Seraglio) in the Istanbul Archaeological Museumsand’ garden. That show, and the second performance on the bill, scheduled for Tuesday night, will now take place on June 15 and 16, the Ankara-based State Opera and Ballet Directorate-General said in a news release.
Instead, the late Turkish composer Okan Demiriiand’s opera and”Yusuf ile Zanduleyhaand” (Joseph and Zulaikha), another iDOB production, will be the opening performance. Directed by Aytaandc Manizade, best known for her minimalistic approach, and”Yusuf ile Zanduleyhaand” is set for two evening performances — on June 11 and 12 — at the Sandureyya Opera House in KadikandOy.
There were no changes to the rest of the program, which runs until June 18. The opera and”Romandeacuteo et Juliette,and” by French composer Charles Gounod, will be staged by the Mersin State Opera and Ballet on June 13 at the Haliandc Congress Center. The program will wrap up with a concert where the iDOB Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Raoul Granduneis, will perform a repertoire of works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and orak. British soprano Catherine Foster and South African-born mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt will be joined by Turkish tenors Murat Karahan and andunanduian Kuloilu as soloists in the concert, set for June 18 at the Landutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center.
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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman