Saudi Arabia Hosts its First Opera, Zarqa Al Yamamah, in Riyadh

The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work. (SPA)
The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Hosts its First Opera, Zarqa Al Yamamah, in Riyadh

The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work. (SPA)
The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work. (SPA)

The King Fahd Cultural Center witnessed the performance of Zarqa Al Yamamah opera, the first Saudi operatic work with an international flavor, the Saudi Press Agency said on Friday.
The opera summons the history of defunct nations, to study the reasons for their demise, and provides an interpretation of one of the ancient legends in the Arabian Peninsula.
The opera tells the story of a woman from the Jadis tribe who lived in the pre-Islamic era, in the Yamamah region in the center of the Arabian Peninsula. It's about the dispute that erupted between the Jadis and Tasim tribes, which ended tragically, as Zarqa Al-Yamamah tried to warn her people of the arrival of the enemy, but they did not listen to her.
This operatic work is shaped in a contemporary art form, full of dramatic turns, emotional moments and dramatic events. It presents a different cultural experience full of suspense and touching tragedy.
The opera "Zarqa Al Yamamah" is receiving great local and international attention, as it includes many well-known international names, including Sarah Connolly, Alexandar Stefanovsky, George von Bergen and others. Some promising Saudi talents have also participated in the work, including Khairan Al-Zahrani, Sawsan Al-Bahiti and Rimaz Aqbi.
The opera's art director is Ivan Vukcevich, while the theater director is Daniel Vinzi Paska. Pablo Gonzalez conducts the Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra with the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno.
Some Arabic musical instruments were used in the opera's soundtrack, such as the oud. This has provided a mixture of Western operatic music and Arab music, which represents Saudi culture.



Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June

Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June
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Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June

Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June

The Saudi Culinary Arts Commission will participate in the 'Taste London' food festival and exhibition for the second consecutive time.
The event, scheduled from June 12 to 16 in London, will serve as a platform to showcase the rich and diverse culture of Saudi culinary arts globally and involve Saudi chefs in international forums.
The commission, a key partner in this international event, will present the unique flavours and traditions of Saudi Arabia under the slogan 'A Taste of Saudi Culture,' SPA reported.

Its national pavilion will be a hub of activity, featuring live cooking demonstrations of authentic Saudi dishes by talented Saudi chefs, a beverage maker's area showcasing the richness of Saudi drinks, and a product store promoting culinary arts books, packaged products such as dates, spices, and coffee cups, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. A hospitality tent will serve renowned Saudi coffee and host engaging sessions for festival visitors.
The commission's participation in the Taste London exhibition for the second time is not only an opportunity for visitors of various nationalities to discover Saudi culinary arts and dishes but also a testament to Saudi culture's global reach and influence.
The goal is to provide an exceptional experience, allowing them to learn about Saudi culture through artisanal products, enhance the international status of Saudi food, and enable Saudi chefs to showcase their skills externally.
This participation also reflects the commission's unwavering commitment to promoting international cultural exchange as part of the goals of the National Strategy for Culture under the Kingdom's Vision 2030.