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Cairo Opera House
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Even in Ancient Greece, the audience was entertained with ancient tragedy, which is considered to be the progenitor of modern opera. Later, in the XVI century, the cheerful Florentine musicians revived ancient art, presenting their interpretation of the theater called Commedia dell'arte. At that time, Lope de Vega and William Shakespeare created their immortal masterpieces, and the first public opera house was opened in Venice in 1637. The visits of European grandees to the Venetian opera made it a popular entertainment for aristocrats and spread this musical genre throughout the world. Although Italy is considered the home of modern opera, and most of the arias are performed in Italian, you can listen to it not only in Milan and Verona or even European theaters. Only a few people will have a sort of idea of coming to the theater of the African state and listen to Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Meanwhile, the main theater stage of Egypt is over 150 years old.

The Cairo Opera House was built in 1869 by the order of Isma'il Pasha. The postmodern building with elements of Islamic architecture was designed by the Italian architect Pietro Avoscani and was named the Khedive. However, this magnificent structure was not destined to survive to this day. The construction burned down in a fire of 1971 and could not be restored. 

More than ten years later, the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the Japanese government, decided to build a new opera theater in Cairo. The construction lasted about three years. A grand opening, which was attended by President Hosni Mubarak and Japanese Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, took place in 1988.

Today, the Cairo Opera House is one of the leading stages in the world and the largest theater in Africa. It has three auditoriums. These are the four-level central room with a president’s box, the one-level small hall, and the open-air theater. The interior decoration of the auditoriums is made in various styles from antique to baroque.

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