Exclusive: What's Gheorghiu doing in Qatar? Opening a Greek….

It’s another big splash by the little oil state.

The composer Vangelis has created an extravaganza for the opening of a Greek-style amphitheatre in Katara Cultural Village in the presence of the Royal Family and several heads of state.

The Qatar Philharmonic, the Yurlov State Academic Chorus, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna are on the bill, Jeremy Irons is presenting, Yvan Cassar conducting and Hugh Hudson of Chariots of Fire is filming the event. It probably costs more than the Greek national debt.

Here’s a sneaky first peek from the general rehearsal:

 

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