ABU DHABI // A comic opera by Mozart has been translated into Arabic and will be performed in Al Ain by a group of European musicians. The French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire adapted La finta giardiniera for the Al Ain Classics Festival next month. The text will be sung in the original Italian but the libretto has been translated into Arabic as part of the Kalima initiative by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. An Arabic actor will introduce the plot and subtitles will be screened along the base of the stage.
The opera will be staged in the Municipality Theatre in Al Ain as part of the Classics Festival, which will run from March 3 until April 17. It will also include a concert from Majida al Roumi and a piano recital from the Ukranian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa.