Egypt Opera House
The new opera house sits at the heart of the Cultural Quarter of Egypt’s new Capital City. Seating 2000, the main auditorium is the largest of three venues within the building.
We have designed its interior, in collaboration with Theatre Projects Consultants.
The brief called for the interior decoration treatment to follow the “Second Empire” style of the most famous European opera houses such as the Garnier Opera, Paris, the Vienna State Opera and London’s Covent Garden. At the same time, it had to accommodate the most modern theatre technology and equipment.
How we tackled the project
We have used the traditional classical orders in a free style to create a sense of grandeur and scale whilst ensuring that every member of the audience has the best possible sight lines and seat comfort. Flexible acoustic treatment, using retractable curtains and banners, allows the room to be used for amplified events as well as opera and ballet.
The side boxes and the whole proscenium arch are mobile and can be retracted to enable a frameless thrust stage to be created for contemporary performing companies such as Cirque du Soleil to perform in the space.
Egypt abounds with excellent craftsmen, so we were able to produce an interior to an extremely high level of workmanship.
All the decorative cladding was locally produced by Crafts Egypt–Shakieb. The bespoke seats were created by Poltrona Frau of Italy.