Electro-Voice takes opera outside

The Cairo Opera House, a cultural centre of national importance, is part of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. It houses seven different stages and forms an umbrella organisation beneath which the city’s music and dance companies, art galleries, museums, and training programs can flourish.

In addition to the high-calibre indoor events that have helped make the venue internationally famous, the organisers are now set to offer a program of outdoor events, for which purpose they have invested in Electro-Voice systems from Egyptian partner Alpha Audio.

The core of the new system comprises an Electro-Voice XLC rig, which includes 18 XLC127DVX loudspeakers and 8 XLC215 subwoofers. These are complemented by eight PX1122M, four QRx153/75 enclosures, and two QRx218S subwoofers. The system is driven by 19 TG5 amplifiers and also includes a variety of microphones from EV’s N/D series.

President Mubarak laid the Opera House’s foundation stone in 1985. The venue was built by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and officially opened in 1988. The building features traditional Islamic architecture and blends in with the surrounding buildings. Housing seven different theatres fitted with the latest equipment, the venue supports a diverse program of cultural events in which the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Opera/Ballet, the Cairo Opera, the Modern Dance Theatre Company, and the National Arab Music Ensemble all feature regularly.

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