Talent for the times

Published in Al Ahram Weekly On Thursday 29 December, over 20 students of Sobhi Bidair’s took the stage to perform … More

Christmas core

Published on 5 Jan 2012 in Al Ahram Weekly One of the core elements of Christmas around the world is … More

An isolated Christmas

On 17 December, the Cairo Opera House Main Hall invited the audience to the annual Christmas Concert of the Cairo … More

East-west bonanza

On 7 and 8 December, the Cairo Opera Ballet Company presented Ballet Lorkiana with El Leila El Kebira at the … More

Tunisia’s creative documents

From protagonists and documentarians, today, Tunisian photographers – and other artists – went on to becoming commentators on the unfolding … More

Africa through the lens

A rich source of reflection and an important wake-up call: Ati Metwaly reports from the 9th Rencontres de Bamako photography … More

A dose of Mozart

One-act operas, especially when they are by Mozart, add immeasurably to any opera company’s repertoire. Published on 3 November 2011 … More

A matter of fulfilment

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta for orchestra; Szymanowski: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 35; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 … More

Seasonal concerns

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra has only announced the first four concerts of the new season so the audience still awaits … More

Sacred voices

At the Hayy Festival, Ati Metwaly joins in the invocations Published on 25 August 2011 in Al Ahram Weekly The … More

Gems in dust

Enjoying the breeze at the Citadel Summer Festival… almost Published on 28 July 2011 in Al Ahram Weekly Despite the … More

Homage to the Pyramids

Pyramids and the Revolution is a new adaptation of Maurice Bejart’s ballet Pyramide – El Nour. The new production, performed … More

A delicate balance (2/2)

Cairo Opera House Main Hall, 11 June; Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Op. … More

A delicate balance (1/2)

Cairo Opera House Main Hall, 11 June; Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Op. … More

Dust of tension

Cairo Opera House Main Hall, 4 June; Mozart: Overture to Idomeneo re di Creda, K. 366, Danzi: Sinfonia concertante for … More

Passion and fantasy

Cairo Opera House Main Hall, 28 May; Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op 85; Nikolai … More


Ewart Hall, 18 May, Schubert Mass in G, Cairo Choral Society, Cairo Festival Orchestra, Amira Reda (soprano), Matthew Hendrick (tenor), … More

The Whole World is a Circus

Acrobats, clowns, jugglers, and trained animals are the subjects of John Perkins’ photography exhibition but instead of the excitement and … More

Heir apparent

The period 28 April-3 May saw the first roundof the Cairo Contemporary Music Days (CCMD) festival, organised by the European-Egyptian … More

Bohemians of Broadway

On 18 April, Cairo Opera House opened the curtain for The Best of Broadway, a compilation of the best scenes … More

Bach wins again

While the Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House was staging Swan Lake by the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, the … More

Brahms twice over

Meticulous in his compositions, Johannes Brahms refused to present anything less than perfect. As such, Brahms’ musical legacy remains among … More

Return of the Swan Lake

Cairo Opera Ballet Company is in the last days of preparation for the Swan Lake, one of the most beloved … More

Remembering Ziad Bakir

Works by Beethoven and Rageh Daoud pay fitting tribute to the martyrs of the Egyptian revolution Published on 24 March … More

Music for Charity

Spiros C. Moros Foundation held a musical event with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, a number of soloists and the Cairo … More

Show Dance: Misplaced

A French troupe performing at the Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House did not give 2011 the best of … More

Countdown to Christmas

With the beginning of December, the music world enters into the Christmas spirit. Christmas-related concerts will be held in many … More

The devil in the programming

An otherwise successful concert of music by Mozart and Weber raises questions about the spread of unconventional programming. Published on … More

The Human body as Art

Whether the representations of the body are spontaneous cave drawings or intentional academic studies, it remains one of the fundamental … More

Make way for the King

Tut Ankh Amon is the best known Egyptian Pharaoh and his name is recognised worldwide. Tut Ankh Amon — actually … More

The World according to 1957

With half a century of life experiences expressed though artistic activities, three artists born in 1957 met together at the … More

The October Files

October has seen a remarkable number of valuable performances not only at the Cairo Opera House but also at locations … More

Arts of intelligence

This year, the Cairo Opera House joined an international network of theatres broadcasting live from the Metropolitan Opera – an … More

The lost Mozart

It would be hard to say which musical form satisfied Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the most, or provided him with the … More

Almost Perfect

Notwithstanding faulty sound engineering, Ati Metwaly discovers how summer can be a many-spleandoured thing Published on 12 August 2010 in … More