Posted on December 05, 2014

Katara has completed all preparations for the staging of the fourth edition of the International Opera and Classical Music Awards ceremony (Oscar Della Lirica), which will be held for the first time in Qatar at Katara Amphitheatre on December 12, said The Peninsula.

Proceeds of the event will all go to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) humanitarian relief efforts. Katara’s Manager of Marketing and International Relations and Chairman of the event’s Organising Committee Darwish Saleh Al Shibany (pictured), said that the awards ceremony is part of Katara’s efforts towards international acclaim. Shibany noted that with an event that is leaving its motherland of Italy for the first time, Katara aims to raise the bar for works of art in the country, especially music.

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According to the Chairman, there is a huge ticket-buyers’ turnout at Virgin Megastores, which reflects the audience’s wish to live an operatic experience at the Amphitheatre. Shibany said that the stage will accommodate more than 100 musicians from Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, adding that the evening will conclude with dazzling fireworks display. The event introduces world-famous artists and musicians to the region including Oscar winning artist opera director Damiano Michieletto, baritone Alberto Gazale, bass Ferruccio Fulaneto and Tenor Francesco Meli.

Award categories include Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Mezzo-Soprano, Bass, Contralto, Conductor, Orchestra, Choir, Costume Designer, Corps de ballet, Director and Set Designer. The awards ceremony will also witness the honouring of Qatari musician Abdulaziz Nasser Ahmed Obeidan, who composed the country’s national anthem as well as enriched its music library with a number of his works, inspired by Qatari folklore.