Are we getting an Opera House in Beirut?

The Lebanese Ministry of Tradition is looking for funds to open an opera home in Beirut and “has signed an settlement with China for a grant of $35 million to develop the Nationwide Conservatoire for Music in Dbayeh”. Extra cultural facilities and an opera home are undoubtedly excellent news so long as there’s a plan to make good use of it.

I’m wondering if the ministry has any plans for Le Grand Theatre de Beirut, a cultural icon of nice historic significance that has been deserted for many years.

The Ministry of Tradition (MoC) is looking for funds and land to develop an opera home. Saleh Farroukh, advisor to the MoC, stated: “The Sultanate of Oman is fascinated by creating a cultural heart in Beirut.” The MoC has proposed to Oman to show the middle into an opera home.

In keeping with Farroukh, the opera home shall be positioned in Beirut and would value a minimum of $50-$70 million. It is going to have a land space of 15,000 sq. meters (m2). The Conservatoire will embody a number of music halls for coaching functions, in addition to an amphitheater for concert events, with a capability of 1,400 seats. [Businessnews]

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