Opera for Peace announces the inauguration of its first Academy: Opera for Peace Academy Middle East & North Africa (MENA), acting as an umbrella organization uniting cultural and educational institutions and artists. Founding partners come from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE, as well as from outside the region.
This is the first collaborative initiative of its kind, and will change the way the world sees Arabic art and its global influence. Changing, creating, always innovating, and exchanging ideas will enrich understanding and dialogue between people from different backgrounds. Revealing and passing on this heritage will make an important difference for the future.
This Academy is established as part of our Opera for Peace Global Connections Program, which gives an in-depth focus to different strategic regions, offering local support, new artistic and educational initiatives, and most importantly a way to connect to the wider global cultural community, while in touch with the specific needs of each area in collaboration with our partners. The project serves as a worldwide celebration of Arab opera, providing access for all nations to the Arab culture through the development of opera in the Arabic language. The origin of Arabic music is not derived from mode and tonality, but according to the rhythm of the Arabic poem. The mode and tonality (maqamat), known today as Oriental Arabic music, comes as a result of several influences.
“Every time the art of opera is sung in a new language it brings people together through an understanding of their culture and art. Therefore, opera in the Arabic language reflects the face of the Arab culture and a distinct notion of peace and unity.” – Maroun Rahi (Arabic Opera Composer, Artistic Director, Opera Lebanon)
Our projects will include Training & Educational programs, Performance Opportunities, Talks, Masterclasses, Residencies, and Special Artistic Projects.