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Review of Cairo Opera House

Cairo Opera House
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Cairo City Tour with Cairo Tower
Ranked #51 of 325 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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 13, 2013

It is the strange mixture of the Egyptian, that you can be in such a classy plcae dispite all problems Egyptians are facing now. The first Cairo Opera House was built in 1869 and was distroyed by fire in 1971. This is a new Opera house of Cairo, inaugurated in 1988.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

located at the end of the famous "Kasr el nil bridge". international and local concerts are performing there. if you are going to attend a show in the Big theater, the dress code is "formal".,for other theaters ( small, open air...etc ), there is no dress code. shows of very high quality are "always" there. if you would like to spend an evening of high rate of culture, this is the place. Enjoy.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Cairo Opera House is very near to Tahrir Square, right the heart of golden area of Cairo (Zamaled Island) ..
This place is the main venue Arts & Culture performance, hosting both local & international performances.. also art workshops for adults & for children, art galleries and a museum.
Dress code : To visit the Opera,you must wear formal. but to see the galleries, it`s ok to be dressing casual.

2  Thank RFaroukEGY
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Although all the exhibits I wanted to see were not accessible on the day I went, because they were being set up or renovated; this is still an Oasis in the middle of Cairo . In addition to opera house shows, there are exhibitions of contemporary Egyptian artists, a nice clean cafe where intellectuals meet, and nice gardens and sculptures, kind of an open air museum. I did not like the level of service, guides in these places always act like secret service agents and not like information and hospitality staff. It's like they are just there to do a job and get a salary and not to provide a service or be the face of the establishment. Civic pride seems to be 0.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

The Opera house is situated on a small island which can easily be walked to over one of the bridges. There is a park around it with gardens. For geocachers, there is one called Cairo Opera House, located in one of the gardens. We met a caretaker there and he guided us to the cache, then offered the 3 of us tea. They were very hospitable and friendly. It is a quiet area, yet very close to the noisy city traffic.There was nothing happening in the Opera House during our visit, but it was still nice to see the building.
We also went up the Cairo Tower, which offers a great view of the COH and surrounding city, including the distant pyramids.

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