Verdi’s Aida to be opening act for Egypt's Suez Canal

The opera was written for the opening of the canal nearly 150 years ago.

FILE: The Egyptian army can, if necessary, surround the president with a ring of steel. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Security consideration permitting the strains of Verdi's Aida will sound over Thursday's official opening of the new two-way Suez Canal.

The opera was written for the opening of the canal nearly 150 years ago.

Its new performance will depend on Egypt's army being able to guarantee the security of the 6,000 invited guests including kings and presidents at the opening.

The jury is still out on whether the VIPs will be able to line the new canal when President Abdel Fattah El Sisi declares it open on Thursday.

There are 25 African journalists invited and have been told to hold thumbs.

The increasingly bold Al Qaida off-shot known as Sinai Nation has been active of late.

The Egyptian army can, if necessary, surround the president with a ring of steel.

However it won't risk it with the guests.