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Cairo Opera House

Gezira Island | Ard Elopera, Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo 11511, Egypt
+20 2 27390144
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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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“main hall” (8 reviews)
“modern art” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Gezira Island | Ard Elopera, Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

It is located at gezira island (zamalek), just beside the cairo tower.. So you can visit both at the same time.. It is a classy, calm & clean area, with some nice statues of famous egyptians like: Um Kalthoum, Abdul Halim Hafez, & others.. If...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I bought some tickets on line to see the ballet. I believe 300 egyptian pounds for 2. The most reasonable tickets I have ever paid. Little bit of a challenge to find the main hall due to language challenges. Once in all is good. Just...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Egypt is well known for its Pyramids and Sphinx, helpful people, noisy traffic, falafel and fava beans local food, and Sharm El Sheikh diving. However, at the Cairo Opera House, it is like the elite quiet side of the town in Cairo. There are very...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Opera play it's is great. Wanted to highlight facilities of the building: there is no toilet paper even, no one cleans it as well, however it's getting a mess after breaks. Middle of the play the screen with translation went off, so it was hard...More

Thank Lidia B
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

It was amazing show flamenco ballet . The opera is amazing the lighting and sound is amazing . Before that we take coffee in Bocelli cafe nice atmosphere and very good price . Yes it’s different experience you must visit and check the schedule for...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Set in a beautiful complex and gardens, we thoroughly enjoyed the ballet "Le Corsaire" at the Opera House. Opened in 1988 in the National Cultural Centre in Zamalek, the Opera was built to replace Cairo's Khedivial Opera house which had been inaugurated the 1st of...More

1  Thank Nevine D
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Pleased to go to the cairo opera house It is really very well organized opera,great shows, very professional staff Thanks Omar

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We were luck enough to catch a performance of 'Aida' here in May this year. A couple of the leads left a little to be desired but the staging was superb, and the joy of seeing this particular opera here in Cairo was immense. The...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I was there actually on August 4th, 2015. Amazing ambiance, will definitely visit if I go to Cairo again !!! 😍

1  Thank Zeynab O
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

It so nice to get out of the city for an evening with the arts. You must go and book tickets physically in advance or risk being unable to attend an event.

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jfazeli
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Response from sfouad2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes if the show in big hall . The dress code is formal .
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nijma
24 January 2017|
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Response from Howaida E | Property representative |
hi, you can book your tickets online on Cairo Opera House official website
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