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The last Queen of Cyprus

By Maria Gregoriou

On the occasion of the renewal of the Caterina Cornaro Gallery, the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia will put on two events on Tuesday and Wednesday entitled Caterina Cornaro goes to the Opera.

Caterina Cornaro was the last Queen of Cyprus from August 26 1474 to February 26 1489. She was declared Daughter of Saint Mark so Venice could claim control of Cyprus after the death of her husband James II.

On Tuesday the museum will feature a lecture entitled Melodramatic perceptions of history: Caterina Cornaro goes to the Opera by Dr Angel Nicolaou-Konnari, Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus at 6.30pm.

At the end of the lecture there will be a reception at 7.30pm until 8pm when soprano Maria Poyiadji Fink and pianist Michael Schutze – from Germany – will give a musical performance with the arias from the opera The Queen of Cyprus.

The opera was shown for the first time in 1841 in Munich and then in Paris later the same year.

Wednesday starts with a special guided tour of the new Caterina Cornaro gallery from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, followed by a reception.

At 8pm the German musicians will repeat the performance of arias from The Queen of Cyprus.

A small exhibition with the same title as this event will be presented in the Pandora’s Box room during the two-day event.

The idea to stage events of this kind came from the rare music score of the Opera, which belongs to the Collections of the Museum and is exhibited at the renewed Cornaro Gallery.

The lecture and guided tour will be delivered in Greek. If you are interested in attending any of the events, the museum would appreciate a call to let them know by Monday.

Caterina Cornaro Goes to the Opera
Events to mark the renewal of the Caterina Cornaro Gallery. June 16-17. The Leventis Municipal Museum, Nicosia. 6.30pm. Free. Lecture and guided tour in Greek. Tel: 22-661475



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