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“A great cultural treasure”
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Cairo Opera House
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The Cairo Opera House is a beautiful building with comfortable seating, excellent sight lines and good acoustics. We went to two performances during our stay in Cairo and both were of a very high quality. We saw a production of Verdi's Aida and were very impressed by the quality of the singing. We heard the Cairo Symphony perform a largely Tchaikovsky program. The orchestra played beautifully. For top seats for the opera we paid $16. For good seats to the symphony we paid $4. What a deal!

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Great shows are held there, and aslo music schools and opera singing learning.
You could enjoy famous Ballet shows, opera singing, orchestral shows, islamic and christian performances there. Also don't miss christmas shows. You could check the schedule on the website:http://www.cairoopera.org

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

The most place I visit in Cairo, Music is awesome, many famous celebrities goes there, the sound of Cairo Oriental Music, Omar Khairat plays there monthly, you must go and attend a concert for him, you will be stunned from the great music of him, just WOW

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Reviewed 1 January 2012

A gift of the Japanese people, this is a beautiful building that serves Cairo's art community well. It has hosted such attractions as the Joffrey Ballet and Phantom of the Opera. Check the schedule at http://www.cairoopera.org/. Well worth a visit!

Thank Douglas A
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

I have visited the Opera House on several occasions-its a beautiful building and the performances are excellent and to attend one of them, it will not break the bank! I was amazed at the effort that goes into making these performances work its a shame that the seats are not full at times-maybe they need to promote it better. The only downside here is the quality of food on offer-if they got this right and offered a combined dinner ticket and performance-it would be excellent!

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