​Don’t miss Verdi’s Rigoletto opera concerts at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 10 Jan 2023

Rigoletto opera
Rigoletto opera


Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Fri 13, 8pm: A concert by Al-Hefny Centre for people with special abilities. 

Sun 15, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by maestro Salah Ghoubashi, performs Umm Kolthoum songs. 



Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat



Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

Main Hall

Thurs 12 and Fri 13, 8pm: Verdi's Rigoletto opera will be performed by the Cairo Opera Company, the Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha.  

Sat 14, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Tues 17 and Wed 18, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat gives a concert, accompanied the Cairo Opera Orchestra.   

Thurs 19, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Small Hall

Thurs 12, 8pm: Oriental jazz concert by Yehia Khalil and his band. 

Sun 15, 8pm: A chamber music concert features Laura Virtanen.  

Tues 17, 8pm: The Egyptian Opera Groups for Chamber Music gives a concert featuring Mohamed Hamdy

Thurs 19, 8pm: A show of Spanish and Latin dances performed by Mona Burkhard



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707 

Thurs 12, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs. 

Fri 13, 8pm: Cairo Café band features Ali Sharaf

Sat 14, 8pm: The Egyptian Opera Groups for Music features singer Reem Kamal

Sun 15, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.  

Thurs 19 and Fri 20, 8pm: A gala concert by the Cairo Opera Company performs songs of Sinatra and Bocelli.  



Al-Ghouri Caravansary 
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat and Wed, 7.30pm).



1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878 

a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.

Every Wednesday, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.



Rawabet Art Space

3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Thurs 12, 8pm: ‘Esseily on Stage’ presents another scene of an improvised stand-up comedy performance by Ahmed El-Esseily.  

Scenes stand alone, not in order, not in sequence, not “in” anything. 

Sat 14, 8pm: The Wannabe Comedians presents “The Jokers” a new group of six talented comedians who will rock the comedy scene. 

Thurs 19, 8pm: A concert features singer, poet and composer Mustafa Hussein. The vibes of his songs offer a variety of classic, modern, folklore and underground genres. Whereas, his lyrics are a mix of social, romantic, satirical, and others motifs. He combines oriental and western music forms in harmony, and this is echoed in his redistribution of some old songs with a modern touch.



Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159

Thurs 12, 9pm: A singing recital by Reem Soliman.

Fri 13, 9pm: Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion for covering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters. 

Sat 14, 9pm: Stand-up comedy night with Reem and Pola


The Spot mall, Infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Sat 14, 9pm: “Slapsticks”, a stand-up comedy show by six hilarious comedians: Seif Amr, Mahmoud Hassan, Mohamed Maher, Ahmed Magdy, Ahmed Emad, and Saleh Seyam. 

Mon 16, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity performed by Saad Eloud and his band. 

Tues 17, 8.30pm: Open Mic night. 



El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)

River Hall

Thurs 12, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Stuff. 

Fri 13, 6pm: Karaoke Night party.

Sat 14, 7.30pm: Sufi chanting by Al-Hadra troupe.

Tues 17, 7.30pm: Poetry recital by vernacular poet Ahmed Haddad, accompanied by oud player Maged Soliman

Wed 18, 8pm: Pop and rock night by Like Jagger and Hardcase. 

Thurs 19, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony, performs Sufi chants and dances.    

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 19, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Mix featuring among others Badr Nour, Hamza Bahaa, and Hossam Edris.   




ZED Park 

El-Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October

Fri 13, 7-9pm: For the very first time, Zed Winter Festival presents El Da7ee7 live show. Prepare yourself for a night to remember full of laughter and awesomely tailored wisdom with the one and only Ahmed El-Ghandour.





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Thurs 19, 8pm: Alexandria Opera House Company for Arab music and singing.  

Fri 20, 8pm: Oriental jazz concert by Yehia Khalil and his band. 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Small Hall

Thurs 12, 7pm: Nour Elaskandria band for Arab music.  

A version of this article appears in print in the 12 January, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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