Hello Everyone:

I came across this news story regarding Yityish Aynaw while searching for the performance dates for the famed opera Aida which opened at The Detroit Opera House on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The fact that Yityish Aynaw is an immigrant from Ethiopia and crowned Miss Israel in February 2013; I found to be not only intriguing but symbolic of the Ethiopian princess Aida.
Yityish Aynaw, a former Israeli army officer, has become the first Ethiopian-born Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant.

“It’s important that a member of the Ethiopian community wins the competition for the first time,” she was quoted by Israeli media as telling the judges in response to a question. “There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it’s important to show that to the world.” Aynaw came to Israel with her family when she was 12.

During the competition, Aynaw cited the slain American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. as one of her heroes.  “He fought for justice and equality, and that’s one of the reasons I’m here: I want to show that my community has many beautiful qualities that aren’t always represented in the media,”she said.
Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Aynaw
Yityish Aynaw crowned Miss Israel 2013 with pageant runner ups_Israel Feb. 2013
AIDA The Detroit Opera House
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The stars were all aligned on Saturday’s opening night as the Detroit Opera House was transformed into the majesty and mystery of ancient Egypt with dramatic sets by Allen Charles Klein. The triumphal scene is so lavish that it makes Cecil B. DeMille look like a piker. Director Bliss Hebert thinks on a big scale for this grandest of grand operas, and his vision is squarely on target.
 Latonia Moore as Aida_Opening night_Detroit Opera House_May 11, 2013
The cast repeats 7:30pm Wednesday, May 15th & Saturday, May 18th with an alternate cast performing 7:30pm Friday, May 17th and 2:30pm matinee Sunday, May 19th.  Opera Talks with Dr. Wallace Peace; a 30 minute insightful and humorous synopsis of the opera is worth the price of admission taking place one hour before each performance.
Detroit Opera House 
1526 Broadway, Detroit
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