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“An integrated cultural center”
Review of Cairo Opera House

Cairo Opera House
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Ranked #51 of 324 things to do in Cairo
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 1 April 2014

The Cairo Opera House is an integrated cultural center. It has 3 indoor theaters and 2 outdoor theaters. It offers art galleries, classic music, world music, and Arabic music performances. It also hosts Opera and Ballet performances as well as many cultural events. There is always something going on here.

Thank Hatem R
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

If you are in Cairo, do not miss to visit the Opera House. It is a huge cultural complex rather than an opera house only. They have almost daily activities which are wondeful.

Thank shahir M
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

I was their for Mozart's "Così Fan Tutte" (The School for Lovers), or "Thus Do All", a lovely transposition of a classical opera to a contemporary setting.

3  Thank Dante T
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

I have attended different kinds of plays in the Opera in different halls and they've all been spectacular! (I was even part of a performance there myself once)

It's "THE" place in cairo where you can enjoy all kinds of art I'd recommend you check the schedule before going and try to book either a Nayer Nagy or Omar Khairat concert

Thank Ramez N
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

That Cairo is the only city in the world with two opera houses. This amazing structure rivals any in the western world and lists an impressive array of productions.

Thank TravellingManOz
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