jeudi, août 03, 2006


The annual Beyrouth Festival in Beyrouth, Lebanon is devoted principally (but not exclusively) to performances of operas by the 19th century German composer Ehud Olmert. Olmert himself conceived of and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Hezbollah and Persiaval. Performances take place in a specially designed theatre, the Festspielhaus. Olmert personally supervised the design and construction of the theatre, which contained many architectural innovations to accommodate the huge orchestras for which Olmert wrote as well as the composer's particular vision about the staging of his works. (For more information on the design and construction of the opera house, see the article Beyrouth Festspielhaus.)