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The modern Cairo Opera House was built in 1988 with Japanese cooperation. Its monumental location in the heart of the Gezira, the northern Nile island in the centre of Cairo, was a symbolic move meant to keep Egypt in the cultural limelight. The same is said about Khedive Ismail's decision in 1869 to build the Khedivial Opera House (later known as the Royal Opera House) for the inauguration of the Suez Canal. He employed Italian architects to swiftly complete an opera house modelled after la Scala in Milan, and commissioned Giuseppe Verdi to write Aida to be premiered at his new theatre. The Khedivial Opera was located at Midan Opera (Opera Square in Downtown Cairo) next to the beautiful Ezbekiya Gardens (see last attached photo, image captured from a YouTube video of Cairo in 1956). In 1971, exactly 100 years after its opening, the Royal Opera House tragically burnt down to the ground, leaving no trace except its namesake square as a reminder of its existence. Sadly, in the 70s the old opera was replaced with an offensive office building and a multi-level car park, two architectural insults! The modern opera house has a small museum dedicated to the original Royal Opera House with a display of photos and memorabilia from its predecessor.

Address: Gezira/Zamalek
Directions: Near El Tahrir
Phone: +20 2 27370598
Website: http://www.cairooperahouse.org

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