The Evolution of Opera Theatre in the Middle East and North Africa
This book is the first structured and complete research work undertaken on opera theatres across the entire Middle East and North Africa. Until now, no single study has looked at every theatrical and musical institute in these countries. Many of the opera theatres that are examined here have had very little written about them at all. This work fills this void in order to provide scholars and practitioners in the sector with the first reference work on the subject that will help our understanding of the evolutionary process that has led—and continues to lead—all the countries in the MENA region to equip themselves with an opera theatre.
Paolo Petrocelli, PhD, is a senior performing arts manager, musicologist, and violinist. He is a leading member of some of the most prestigious international and cultural organisations, such as UNESCO, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum. He is the Founder and President of EMMA for Peace, and Co-Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO. He also serves as a Cultural and Music Diplomacy Officer for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is currently Assistant to the Superintendent for International Development and External Relations of the Rome Opera House, Advisor for International Development and Special Projects at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, and a Board Member of Opera Lebanon. He received a PhD in Economics of Culture from IULM University in Milan, and holds a Diploma in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale University and a Visiting Researcher at MIT Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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