Antar & Abla

Friday, 8 July 2016 to Saturday, 9 July 2016

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Antar and Abla belong to the Arabian Desert Tribe of Bani Abs; they fall in love in the midst of clan conflicts, in particular between the tribes of Abs and Tay. Antar is a black slave; his mother is Ethiopian and his father Bin Shaddad is a notable member in the Tribe of Bani Abs. Abla is a white-skinned free woman, daughter of Malek, brother of Shaddad. Antar’s black complexion prevented his father from acknowledging his paternity and prohibited him from marrying his beloved Abla. Antar became the most famous poet and knight of Abs’ tribe owing to his romantic poetry and his proven great courage in the battles between the conflicting tribes.

Second act: After being exiled in the south, Antar returns to defend his tribe against a ruthless giant from the tribe of Tay. Both knights engaged in a violent fight where Antar triumphed; thus putting an end to a longlasting war between both tribes. He freed his beloved Abla from the grip of the giant, by means of a trick that was designed by his brother Sheybub and Abla’s wet nurse to encourage Antar to return to his homeland and defend his family and save his honor. Peace prevailed in Abla's homeland and the discrimination based on color and race ceased to exist among the leaders of the Tribe of Abs. Thus, black-skinned Antar and white-skinned Abla revealed their endless love. Peace, prosperity and love spread through the Arab world.

About Antar & Abla

In 1990, Dr. Antoine Maalouf wrote the Libretto of Antar and Abla in a Serious Opera style "Opera Seria". The characteristic of the Libretto Antar and Abla lies in the diversity of the scenography of its rich subject that is deep-rooted in the Arab culture. The second characteristic of Dr. Maalouf's Libretto is the poetic nature of his dialogues, and the strength of his powerful linguistic and literary storyline, contrary to the Libretto of Maroun Naccash, the pioneer of the Arab theater.

A happy coincidence in the last months of 2013 allowed the Maestro Maroun Rahi, founder of Opera Lebanon, to meet with Dr. Antoine Maalouf. During this meeting, the work to complete Opera Antar and Abla in the Arabic language began, and with a completely local production.

In conclusion, the presence of authors, a method, Academic institutes, and professional singers, represents the strong basis and the powerful push for Operatic singing in the Arabic language; A fifth and new style joining the four global Operatic singing styles.

Opera Lebanon is currently working on this big production that will be launched by 2016 in Dubai.

Opera Singers roles:

Antar: Ghassan Saliba
Abla:Lara Jokhadar
Mared Tay:Maxim Chami
Chayboub: Pierre Samia
Chadad: Ibrahim Ibrahim
Salma: Conswelle Hajj
Amara Abess: Charbel Akiki 

Orchestra Members:

Violon 1 - Mario Rahi - Ihab Jamal - Rouzanna Pandjarian - Mona Semaan - Naji Azar - Toni Moussa   |  Violon 2 -Wael Semaan - Jacqueline Tabet - Mounir Makhoul - Fred Nasr - Nayla Obeid   |   Viola - Rania Kallab - Eva Hadchiti - Toni Fenianos - Laetitia Meouchy   |  Cello -A ngela Hounanian - Ribal Kallab - Tony Hawat - Vicky Morcos   |  Contrabass - Bassam Saleh - Zahe Sebaaly   |   Flute - Alice Farhat   |  Oboe - Oleg Balanuta   |  Bassoon - Irina Samoila   |   French horn - Mihai Raileanu   |  Trumpet - Ion Todei - Sami Sebaaly   |  Trombone - Michel Rayess |   Timpani -Mia Ionica Popescu   |  Clarinet - Octavian Gheorghiu   |  Harp - Natalia Birsa Oriental percussions -Fadi Yaacoub - Nicolas El Haber - Elias Abboud - Jad Saliba
Oriental rhythm composer: Fady Yaakoub, founder of Libra troupe. Composer of civiral percussions methodes taught in the lebanese National Conservatory.


• Malek Andari • Rami Abou Imad • Samer El Sayed • Ghassan Dagher • Tony Sawaya • Ahmad Sidani • Nidal Abou Diab • Ghandour Hannoun • Ali Atwi • Vatche Djemdjemian • Shant Nokhoudian

Antar & Abla Opera Troupe

Producer:Farid Rahi
Composer and conductor: Maroun Rahi
Librettist: Antoine Maalouf
Directors: Mirana Al-Naimy & Joseph Sassine
Special Consultant: Spiros pisinos
Scenographer: Hend Yammine
Costume designer: Raymonde Reaidy
Light designer: Hagop Derghougassian
Video Projection: Ayman Nahle
Sound Engineer: Phillipe Tohme
Assistant directors: Joelle Homsi
Dancers' choreography: Malek Andary
Make-up artist: Marlene Mansour
Hair dresser: Bassem Yaacoub
Accessories: Boutros Hanna
Choir master : Pierre Samia
Assistant choir master : Layale Tayeh
Assitant conductor : Elie Chahoud
Oriental percussions’ advisor: Fadi Yaakoub
Production Manager:Abdo Hussaini
Public Relations And Media:Randa
Attache de press: Layal Abou Rahal
Social Media: Samar Maalouf
Translation:Nadine Najeim
Graphic Designer:Alain Farah
Photographer: Wael Hamza & Rogert Nassif
Stage manager: Mireille Abi Nader
Assistant stage manager: Aida Habib
Children'choir coordinator: Josephine Khoury
Assistant production: Emile Bkarkachi
Set execution: Tony Rahy
Costumes execution: Alexander Assad
Accessories execution:  Tony Hanna
Casque: Georges and Joseph Khawand
Backstage: Refaat Nohra & Georges Tohme

Special Thanks:

Cultural Minister H.E. Rony Araygi
Tourism Minister H.E. Michel Pheraoun
Communication Minister H.E. Shiekh Boutros Harb
President of the Lebanese International University H.E. Abd al Raheem Mrad
H.E. Mr. Jean Abied
Executive Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Mrs. Nada Al Sardouq
President Of Casino Du Liban Mr. Hamid Kreidi
Dr. Gaby Khoury
Academy Director LIU mount Lebanon
Jdeyde Manucipality Mayor Mr. Antoine Jebara
Lebanese Higher Conservatoire Dr. Waleed Musalem
Mr. Elie Tanouri
Mr. Gabriel Al Murr
Eng. Mr. Avram Hadjigiovannis
Poet Ms. Magedah Dagher
Judge Mr. Nicolas Mansour
Eng. Mr. Antoine Rahi
Lebanese University (Fine Arts Faculity) Mr. Jean Semman
Mr. Romeo Abdo
Mr. Pierre Haddad
Dr. Hind Al Soufi
Mr. Shehab Rahi