I wish I was French

Published in Al Ahram Weekly. J’aurais voulu etre egyptien (I Wish I Was Egyptian), recently performed in Egypt, is a … More

Silence of the Lambs

The Pussy Riot controversy follows the classical mould of the struggle for freedom of expression, and unveils a typical authoritarian … More

Beethoven strikes again

On Saturday 16 June, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El Saedi performed two great works: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade … More

I think and I feel

Published in Al Ahram Weekly It was not the first time for Jiri Petrdlik to conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. … More

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

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

Carols for the Islamists

This year Santa Claus comes to Egypt under very difficult social, religious and political circumstances. With all the changes taking … 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

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

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

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 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

The truth of fiction

“Truth becomes fiction when the fiction is true; the real becomes not-real where the unreal is real.” — Cao Xueqin. … More

Stars in season

Published on 15 July 2010 in Al Ahram Weekly On 6 July, the Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theater) offered … More

The Greek revisited

Since 2001, the ballet Zorba has been performed at the Cairo Opera House Main Hall stage almost every year. The … More

Grand finale

Gala concerts provide their audiences with a unique pleasure; it is a festive special occasion. The Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted … More

Double Blast

19 June was no ordinary evening at the Cairo Opera House Main Hall. The concert offered a rather unusual compilation … More

Love’s labour gained

The opera is set around the year 1830. Nemorino, a young peasant, is in love with a beautiful landowner’s daughter, … More

Two B’s and One Hymnus

On 5 June, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Spörri presented a particularly well compiled programme. The two big … More

Catharsis on the Nile

One of the purposes of art as formulated by Aristotle in his Poetics is catharsis. “Despite the indefiniteness of its … More