Cairo Opera House
In honor of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the Egyptian Ruler Khedive Ismail, or Ismail the Magnificent, instructed Italian architects to bring the Royal Khedivial Opera House in Egypt to life. This timeless tribute to the realms of art and drama gave rise to world famous operas for the first time on the continent. The architectural beauty had its final curtain call in 1971 after a raging inferno incinerated the establishment. Artists did not have to mourn for long thanks to Prince Tomohito of Japan who generously funded the masterful renovation of the Cairo Opera House, which opened its doors to the public in 1988. Soul-nurturing symphonies and performances of both foreign and local talent have echoed through its halls ever since.
The Cairo Opera House’s stunning design and pristine gardens are an ode to the architectural craft. The sizeable land area of this inspiration depot caters to seven theatres, with the Main Hall alone capable of seating over 1,200 people on four different levels with the most advanced staging technology in Africa. Workshops, a Roman Amphitheatre, the Arab Music Institute and the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, which houses a substantial collection, are all integral components of the Cairo Opera House.
Situated along the Nile in the district of Zamalek, the Opera House beats in the heart of Cairo on a daily basis. An active Facebook page and fully integrated website can provide you with everything you need to know about upcoming concerts. Marble walkways and Hollywood sunsets are absolutely essential to the experience. Take a tour of the place and see first-hand how Egypt has come to be at the forefront of the performing arts on a global scale. All of this is minutes away from the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids, and Downtown Tahrir Square.