Cairo Opera House
Located at the end of the famous Kasr El Nil Bridge stands a strangely shaped building that hosts both national and international shows. The Cairo Opera House is surrounded by green gardens, which makes for quite a pleasant entrance. The marble floor courtyard floors and small fountains are elegant and clean. It is a beautiful building with comfortable seating, excellent sight lines, well-engineered lighting and great sound engineering.
Interesting to know is that the first opera house was built way back in the year 1869, but was destroyed by a fire in the year 1971. The new building, which thousands of people visit every year, was inaugurated in the year 1988.
It can easily be said that this marble captures the spirit of Cairo. It is an intersection point where all parts of the world meet and different cultures share a small piece of what they find to be true forms of art. The smaller museum which is part of the complex houses statues of famous Egyptian singers such as Abd El Wahab and of course Om Kolthom.
The complex provides for a wide range of artistic activities such as the music theatre, music shows, photography exhibitions and art exhibitions. An up to date schedule can be found online to follow which events take place at the Cairo Opera House. There are ballet shows, famous English and Arabic plays, artistic seminars and band recitals that take place. One will also find the Library of Fine Arts here as well as the Museum of Modern Art. Both these are exquisite in their own right and should not be missed.
In fact, the Al Gazirah Art Palace is the biggest hall in all of Egypt based on the size of the room and the events that are held there.
Entrance fee varies from one show to the other, but one would most likely spend between four US Dollars to twenty five US Dollars per show. At times the band recitals are free of charge which means one can take in the beauty of the architecture as well as tap one’s feet to the rhythm that fills the hall.