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Majestic Opera in the desert- Carmen at Masada

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Over 50,000 spectators are expected to enjoy The Masada Dead Sea Opera Festival that will take place on June 7-12, 2012, at Mt. Masada, Israel.

This year the third Masada opera festival held at the majestic landscape at the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea, will perform Bizet’s Carmen.

 Under a canopy of shining stars the majestic power of the Mountain of Masada will serve as a background to a huge “Opera House” in the middle of the desert.

This year’s festival will feature a stunning production of one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. The free spirited gypsy Carmen sings about freedom as she falls in love with the soldier Jose’ and then with the toreador Escamillo.

Fiery Spanish dances and seductive arias in a huge celebration performed by hundreds of participants by the Mt. of Masada. Click to read more about the opera festival

 Masada (Hebrew for fortress), is situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level) and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding terrain. It is believed that King Herod the Great built the fortress of Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. The heroic story of Masada and its dramatic end attracted many explorers to attempt to locate the remains of the fortress. The site was identified in 1842 but intensive excavations took place only in 1963-65 with the help of hundreds of volunteers eager to participate in this exciting archaeological venture. Click to read more about the history of Masada National park- UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Photo’s credit: Yossi Tzvecker from 2011 Aida at Masada