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Cairo Opera House

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Address: Gezira Island | Ard Elopera, Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo 11567, Egypt
Phone Number:
+20 2 27390144
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

This cultural venue, The National Cultural Centre "Cairo Opera...

This cultural venue, The National Cultural Centre "Cairo Opera House" is part of the Ministry of Culture and serves as an umbrella organization for all the music or dance companies, galleries, museums and the educational programs of the Cairo Opera House.

It was established in 1988 with the inauguration of the new Cairo Opera House. Its goal is to promote the arts of music and dance and to preserve and renew traditional Arab music. In order to be more than just a place where music and art are performed the National Cultural Centre wants to give space to learning and inspiration, to the exchange of ideas, the respect of a common cultural heritage, and a shared passion for the arts. It encourages interest for music and art in the younger generation by offering ballet, voice or instrumental classes for talented children or youths.

Performances of ballet, operatic or symphonic works are staged with Egyptian companies or in cooperation with foreign ensembles or soloists. Seminars and cultural conferences covering a wide range of artistic and intellectual issues are held regularly.

Opera House companies are frequently sent on tours to different Egyptian governorates to give the people in urban areas the chance to see national and international art performances.

In March 1985, Former President Mubarak laid the first corner stone of the new Cairo Opera House which was to be built with the support of JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Careful planning by the Ministry of Culture in Cairo and the JICA produced a design suggestive of traditional Islamic architecture and blending in harmoniously with the surrounding buildings.

In October 1988,Former President Mubarak and His Highness, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, the younger brother of the Japanese Emperor, inaugurated the National Cultural Centre “Cairo Opera House” in a remarkable ceremony. It was the first time for Japan to stage a Kabuki show, a traditional popular drama with singing and dancing, in Africa or the Arab World.

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Omar kairt

The place is amazing. You feel the ancient artists breath in every corner . It has a museum for om kalthoum . Maybe the chairs have to be renovated more often . There was a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

The place is amazing. You feel the ancient artists breath in every corner . It has a museum for om kalthoum . Maybe the chairs have to be renovated more often . There was a problem on booking the concert tickets . The tickets were sold in 15 minutes on line , lots of omar kairat fans wanted to buy... More 

Thank nadiaJordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The Cairo Opera House is located in central Cairo, the island of Zamalek to be specific. Being surrounded by the Nile which brings in a fresh African breeze from the heart of Africa, and having such beautiful gardens around it, the Opera House grounds are lovely for walks at sunset especially that many performances start at 8pm which give an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

During my visit to Cairo , I attended one of the parties that took place in Cairo Opera House on 5th Jan 2017 . Really I enjoyed the old music and songs for Haleem , Shadia , Faiza Ahmad and Warda and the great Musician Mohamad Abdulwahab . the theatre is huge and it was full of people that like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I visited the Cairo opera house many time this year and the last year evetytime at the end of each show , you asked yourself when i will return back again to this wonderfull place specially EL MASSRAH EL KHEBIR, where you can enjoy your night their with your family, in excellent place by all means, this place can be... More 

Thank Ahmed F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I'd still say visiting the place is a must , but if you plan to attend an event make sure you book in advance , as majority of the shows are sold out early , and be ware that dresscode allowed in events is formal ( aka suit with a neck tie for men , and a dress or formal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Cairo Opera House is one of the Best Cultural Places you should Visit in Cairo. It contains many artistic museums & Theaters but My High Recommendation is to attend Musical events or Concerts (Specially in Main Hall), The Best Place you can attend an Opera Performance, Ballet, Arab Musical concert, Instruments Solos, Modern Music such as Omar Khairat or folklore... More 

Thank MeriamPacotina
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Such an amazing performance, we really enjoyed it, casting and decoration, ambiance, car parking, staff. In general 10 out 10

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The worst place in Opera is the frist place you see there, very bad parking, not organized & some bodyguard asking 10 pounds at the entrance, by very bad way, it need: 1- Make a proper place for cars. 2- Make a machine allow people to enter & pay in somewhere before or after the show. 3- Make a place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

It male you feel to good attending one of its shows. It is clean and the architecture is awesome. And well Organized. So many international shows in it's calendar which brings to egypt cultural faces from all-over the world. It needed its own online tickets system or to sell the tickets through other online platforms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Great galleries , music library and performances. Culture and art fanatics will fall in love with the atmosphere surrounded by great Egyptian musician statues. Notice the many art students who lurk around. When people noticed lm a stranger l was invited to attend Romeo and Juliet Opera and l was offered a ticket

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