​Don’t miss the Opera House’s Christmas concerts in Cairo and Alexandria

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 13 Dec 2022

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra s Christmas concert
The Cairo Symphony Orchestra s Christmas concert


  Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 15, 8pm: Classical Arab songs performed by Al-Fan Al-Sadeq (true art) troupe. 

Sat 17, 8pm: Solo flute recital by Mina Ghobrial

Fri 23, 8pm: Shomoaa (candles) ensemble performs Riad El-Sonbati compositions. 

Sun 25, 8pm: Abdel-Wahab songs. 

Thurs 29, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble.  




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 15, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha, together with the Cairo Opera Company, A Cappella Choir, musically directed by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company present Christmas concerts, directed by Hisham El-Tally.

Sat 17, 8pm: “Romantic” concert is performed by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by world-renowned maestro Nader Abbassi, and featuring violinist Rana Abdel-Wahab and Hassan Moataz on violincello. It will play works by Rossini, Saint-Saens and Dvorak.

Sun 18, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Thurs 22 and Fri 23, 8pm: Cairo Steps band, led by oud player Bassem Darwish. 

Sat 24, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi, and A Cappella Choir will give a concert featuring sopranos Iman Mustafa, Dalia Farouk, mezzo-soprano Jolie Faizy, tenor Hany El-Shafie, and baritone Reda El-Wakil. The programme will include works by the likes of Schubert, Adam, Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. 

Tues 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 (8pm) and Fri 30 (2pm and 8pm): The Nutcracker ballet performed by the Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra.  

Sat 31, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra presents New Year’s concert.     

Small Hall

Thurs 15, 8pm: A concert of compositions by the late Gamal Abdel-Rahim. 

Fri 16, 8pm: A Christmas concert features mezzo-soprano Gala El-Hadidi

Sun 18, 6pm: The Cairo Opera Chamber Music Ensembles, conducted by Mahmoud Osman

Mon 19, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Cello Groups features Kamel Salah Eldeen

Thurs 22, 8pm: Harp recital by Manal Mohieddin

Sun 25, 8pm: A concert of Walt Disney songs by Mohamed Helmy

Mon 26, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert. 

Fri 30 and Sat 31, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company performs The Impresario opera.  



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Fri 16, 8pm: Mohamed Sawah and El-Nafikha band. 

Thurs 22, 8pm: Kuwaiti-Egyptian night. 

Fri 23, 8pm: A Christmas concert features soprano Neven Allouba

Tues 27, Wed 28 and Thurs 29, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage Company performs Hatshepsut performance, directed by Karima Bedir.  

Fri 30, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Children Choir for Arab music. 



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

Fri 23, 8pm: A night with Aly Eissa’s compositions, which feature his diverse musical influences that are deeply rooted in Egyptian classical and folk traditions and influenced by various western genres, creating versatile and twisted meditative atmospheres throughout the musical experience. Followed by Walad’s electronic music where he will be experimenting new sounds and rhythms, using the traditional sounds in new shapes and frames.



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

Thurs 15, 9pm: Alan Bishop's solo shows as Alvarius B. are a highly entertaining mix of singer/songwriter material wrapped inside a comedic smoking jacket, always shifting gears and never performing the same show twice, almost akin to riding in a Cairo taxi driven by a foreigner. One thing is guaranteed: You will not witness anything like it here in Egypt, so don’t miss it.

Fri 16, 9pm: Bohemian Project are tributing Clazz Brothers famous Latin Christmas album. The album contains world-famous Christmas melodies combined with vivacious Cuban rhythms and sensual jazz harmonies. Bohemian Project is bringing Christmas cheer and Latin grooves to room art space stage this year. 

Sat 17, 9pm: Tag band will be performing its originals from its own album Clouds Collide, and we’ll be also doing some famous pop/rock songs.
Fri 23, 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.

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

Sat 17, 9pm: Komedy Koshk is back bringing you a host of must-see sets performed by the hottest up-and-coming comedians right now. 

Mon 19, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity in the midst of a group of beloved fans and friends performed by Saad Eloud and his band.

Mon 26, 9pm: Dabbet Namla is an Arabic Indie Pop Rock band plays original songs that revolve around the common cultural and trending topics in the local community spiced with a variety of rhythm transitions between Western and middle Eastern rhythms including deep bass grooves and enjoyable lyrics.




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 15, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawalwiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Toni performs Sufi dances and songs. 

Fri 16, 7.30pm: Rouh El Sharq Choir.  

Sat 17, 8pm: Singing recital by Muslim

Mon 19, 8pm: Christmas concert by Marco and Friends

Tues 20, 7pm: Rock concert by Machine Eat Man, Maddox Theory and Feras Arrabi

Wed 21, 7.30pm: Malaz band.  

Thurs 22, 7.30pm: Sufi chanting by El Hadra troupe. 

Fri 23, 7.30pm: Tablet El Set band.  

Sat 24, 7pm: Black Theama band. 

Tues 27, 7.30pm: Christmas concert by Neven Allouba Academy. 

Thurs 29, 8pm: Superstar shaabi singer Abdel-Baset Hammouda

Fri 30, 7pm: The Nubian Shmandora Festival. 

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 15, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Ali El-Helbawi

Fri 16, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abo Shaar Brothers troupe from Syria. 

Sat 24, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Wegdan





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 15, 8pm: Art Street band. 

Fri 16, 8pm and Sat 17 (5pm and 8pm): David’s Heart group performs hymns and Coptic songs.  

Sun 18, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, directed by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha, together with the Cairo Opera Company, A Cappella Choir, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company present a Christmas concert, directed by Hisham El-Tally.

Wed 21, 8pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz performs on marimba.   

Thurs 22, 8pm: Singer Wael El-Fashny

Sat 24, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra

Wed 28, 8pm: Singer Ali El-Haggar

Thurs 29, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Main Hall

Thurs 22, 7pm: Christmas concert by Khaltabeta band. 

Sat 24, 7pm: Fouad and Mounib concert. 

Tues 27, 7pm: Instrumental Performance (2) and Suzuki concert. 

Fri 30, 7pm: BA Choir, conducted by Donia Deghedy, gives a Christmas concert featuring Mina Nabil (Piano), and Ahmed Refaat (Harmonium), who will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle

Small Hall

Sat 17, 7pm: “Baroque Music Night” by BA Orchestra featuring oboe player Wessam Amin

*A version of this article appears in print in the 15 December, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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