But was Quaddafi there?

The performance of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” before 1500 people the 16th of May marks the first time opera has been presented in Libya for 40 years, according to the French press.

Largely organized by the French ambassador, Francois Gouyette, working with the French Cultural Institute in Tripoli, the project also found support from French companies in Libya like Total, Vinci and the bank BNP Paribas. Featuring the French soprano Marilyn Clement and the Italian baritone Marcello Roiello and tenor Frederic Diquero, the lack of big names was more than made up by the stunning setting in Sabratha, one of the most beautiful ancient theaters in the Mediterranean.

The ambassador indicated that this just might be the first step in a festival “combining the best in European music, dance and theater as well as the finest Libyan music.”

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