The Cairo Opera House was first built in 1869 as the Khedivial (Royal) Opera House; it was the first on the African continent and staged a performance of Rigoletto by Verdi for its opening. While the original building burnt down in 1971, the structure that took its place continues the tradition.
The 1,200-seat Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House stages regular performances by the Cairo Opera, Cairo Symphony and a range of visiting musicians and performers. The Opera Museum, situated on the first floor of the Main Hall, displays a collection of rare photos, documents and concert brochures chronicling the history of the Royal Opera House, as well as jewelry, costumes and musical scores from the opera Aida, written in honor of the inauguration of the original building.
In addition to the Main Hall, performances are also hosted in an open-air theater, Roman-style amphitheater and a few smaller venues within the complex.
The Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House maintains a strict dress code. Find out what the requirements are for a particular performance ahead of time.
Did You Know? The Cairo Opera Company’s star soprano is Paris-trained Iman Mustafa, who studied under and performed with Caroline Dumas.