The Cairo Opera House is the main performing arts venue in the Egyptian capital. Home to most of Egypt's finest musical groups, it is located on the southern portion of Gezira Island in the Nile River, in the Zamalek district west of and near downtown Cairo. In recognition of the Cairo Opera House, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra chose it as a venue for their first performance in the Middle East and Africa in January 2007.
The Opera was inaugurated on October, 3, 1988. Designed by a team of Japanese and Egyptian architects, it is an architectural masterpiece of Islamic design. The Opera House is equipped with the most sophisticated audio-visual system and comprises: The Main Theater, a closed hall comprising 1200 seats, is used for opera, ballet, and classic music performance, The Second Theater is also a closed hall comprising 500 seats and is used for various purposes, including film festivals and conferences, The Third Theater is open and comprises 1000 seats and There are other halls, some of which are used for training and rehearsals. In addition, the Museum and the Library contain references pertaining to the most significant artistic works.