French Ambassador to Egypt Stephane Roumtier narrated a story of a poor Egyptian man who donated EGP 10 for The Cathedral of Notre Dame’s Renovation. Roumtier revealed this story while attending an event that was held by ministry of culture to celebrate World Music Day at Cairo Opera House.
“It was unforgettable situation when he knocked the embassy’s doors in Egypt after flames ripped through the church in April,” he said. “This reflects how Egyptians were sad for what happened as they sent so many messages of support,” he added.
On her part, Egyptian Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem dedicated the concert, performed by the Symphony Orchestra, to humanitarian cultural heritage; especially Notre Dame Cathedral.
Abdel Dayem stated that Notre Dame is a great historic and artistic value as well as a great inheritance for the whole world. She pointed out to the mutual cultural cooperation between Egypt and France in 2019.
It’s remarkable that the concert was led by Maestro Ahmed Saidi with the participation of a number of Cairo Opera singers such as Soprano Iman Mustafa and Jolie Feizi. Other participants were tenor singer Amr Medhat and bass singer Reda El Wakil. During the event, a number of international classical pieces of music were displayed like Opera Notre Dame and the 9th symphony of musician Ludwig van Beethoven.
Contributed by: Salma Yassin