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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Meloni Joins Cultural Elite Celebrating Italian Opera's Recognition as World Treasure

A handout picture, provided by Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office, shows a moment of the celebratory evening for 'La Grande Opera Italiana Patrimonio dell'Umanita' (The Great Italian Opera World Heritage Site), the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy, 07 June 2024, conducted by Riccardo Muti.  EPA/Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office HANDOUTEDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
A handout picture, provided by Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office, shows a moment of the celebratory evening for 'La Grande Opera Italiana Patrimonio dell'Umanita' (The Great Italian Opera World Heritage Site), the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy, 07 June 2024, conducted by Riccardo Muti. EPA/Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office HANDOUTEDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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Meloni Joins Cultural Elite Celebrating Italian Opera's Recognition as World Treasure

A handout picture, provided by Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office, shows a moment of the celebratory evening for 'La Grande Opera Italiana Patrimonio dell'Umanita' (The Great Italian Opera World Heritage Site), the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy, 07 June 2024, conducted by Riccardo Muti.  EPA/Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office HANDOUTEDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
A handout picture, provided by Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office, shows a moment of the celebratory evening for 'La Grande Opera Italiana Patrimonio dell'Umanita' (The Great Italian Opera World Heritage Site), the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy, 07 June 2024, conducted by Riccardo Muti. EPA/Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office HANDOUTEDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni joined top political and cultural figures at Verona’s ancient Arena amphitheater Friday night for an open-air celebration of Italian lyric opera’s recognition by UNESCO as a global cultural treasure.
Conductor Riccardo Muti presided over an orchestra of 170 musicians from Italy’s 14 opera houses, joined by over 314 choral singers and a cast of global star opera stars who delivered a greatest hits of Italian opera from Verdi to Puccini, Donizetti to Bellini for an appreciative crowd. La Scala’s two star dancers, Roberto Bolle and Nicoletta Manni, also performed, The Associated Press reported.
“I am here to testify to my enthusiasm and my pride for the fact that Italian lyric opera has received this great recognition,″ Muti told the crowd. “Of course, this is an important moment, because recognition is never a point of arrival but a point of departure.”
“The great masterpieces are our heritage, which we Italians have given to the world,″ Muti added in a prepared message for the television audience.

While UNESCO included Italian opera on its intangible cultural heritage list in December, the Arena proved a fitting place to celebrate the milestone. The ancient stone amphitheater built by the Romans is home to a popular summer opera festival that for generations has made opera accessible to the uninitiated with lavish productions. More than half of the 400,000 spectators at the Arena each summer are foreigners.
“We have brought together the entire Italian opera system to celebrate, together with the great singers of the world,″ said the Arena’s deputy artistic director, Stefano Trespidi. “I am convinced that this evening will bring benefits to the entire music and opera system.”

Joining Italian opera stars like Luca Salsi, Francesco Meli and Vittorio Grigolo were international stars including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Australian soprano Jessica Pratt and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko canceled at the last minute due to illness.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Dubai Culture, Khalifa University Sign MoU to Support Scientific Research on Archaeological Excavations

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
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Dubai Culture, Khalifa University Sign MoU to Support Scientific Research on Archaeological Excavations

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Khalifa University of Science and Technology aimed at enhancing cooperation and exchanging expertise and best practices in areas related to archaeological excavations in Dubai, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The agreement also facilitates the use of advanced technologies in the Saruq Al Hadid and Al Ashoosh sites to further bolster studies and research on the findings of both sites, WAM said.

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology and advanced geophysical survey techniques developed by Khalifa University scientists and researchers to uncover any buried structures, tombs, or remains at the Saruq al-Hadid and Al Ashoosh archaeological sites.

Advanced processing techniques for discoveries will be applied, enabling researchers to create three-dimensional models of features and place them within their archaeological and environmental contexts, WAM said.