CAIRO – 12 July 2019: Cairo Opera House Troupe performed two concerts in Italy as part of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture celebrations with 23 July Revolution around the world.
The first concert was performed at the Egyptian Embassy in Italy while the second took place at the Egyptian Academy of Art in Rome.
Egyptian soprano Eman Mostafa, mezzo-soprano Jolly Hefzy and tenor Hisham el Gendy performed in the two concerts.
The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 was effectively a coup d’état by a group of army officers known as the “Free Officers.” The revolution is alternately known as the “23 July Revolution.”
The goal of the revolution was to overthrow King Farouk and his son, to remove any remnants of British influence in the government, and to end the monarchy and create a republic in Egypt.
The “Free Officers Movement” was created by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the second President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, succeeding General Mohammed Nagib, who was only president briefly.
Anwar Sadat, who succeeded Nasser, was one of the Free Officers and gave the first statement of the revolution over the radio, announcing the cancellation of the monarchy in Nagib’s name.
The 1952 Revolution is known for its redistribution of land rights. One of the new government’s first acts was to issue a land reform law, which said landowners could not hold more than 200 acres of land. It decreed that the rest of their estates should be divided among Egypt’s poor, in an attempt to end the feudal system.
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