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Video: Zahi Hawass completes King Tutankhamun Opera

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced on Friday during a press conference in Venice, Italy that he has completed the King Tutankhamun Opera.

The opera will be shown for the first time during the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the end of 2020, and later on at November 4, 2022 in the Valley of the Kings, during the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb.

In previous statements, Hawass said that he came up with the idea of a new opera because the Opera Aida is about 148 years old, and he found it necessary to create an opera about King Tutankhamun in order to commemorate the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Tutankhamun Opera revolves around the death of King Akhenaten, after which Nefertiti took over the throne, as well as attempted killing of Tutankhamun by the Nubian king of Kush and how Horemheb muffled the plot and killed the Kush soldiers.

The last scene is of Tut’s victory over the king of Kush, and his ascension to the throne of Egypt.

One of the most important scenes of the new opera features opera star Susanna, who portrays Nefertiti and Italian actor Roberto who played the role of a priest, Hawass said.

The opera is written in cooperation with Italian author Francesco Santocono and composed by musician Zamboni. Zamboni said the opera will impress the whole world, and that famous opera singer Placido Domingo is set to sing.


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