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Cairo Opera House Puts On Contest for Youth & People with Disabilities

Youth and people with special needs are invited to show off their musical talents until October 25th.

Cairo Opera House is now accepting entries for the upcoming Ratiba El-Hefny Arab Music and Singing Competition from children, young people and people with special needs. These entries can be in one of several categories, including new song, Arabic singing, and instrumental music.


The new song competition accepts contestants under 45 years old with the winners granted awards totaling EGP 150,000. Contestants aging from six to 14 years old will participate in their own segments with awards worth EGP 60,000 in total. The competition for people with special needs is open to youth aged 17-35 years old with prizes worth EGP 90,000.


The first edition of the competition was launched in the early 1990s by the late soprano Ratiba El-Hefny, who served as the Cairo Opera House’s chairperson between 1988 and 1990. Under El-Hefny’s leadership, the Cairo Opera House saw the blossoming of a variety of new companies under its authority, including the National Arab Music Ensemble and the Cairo Opera House Children’s Choir.


Applications are available for pick up at the Cairo Opera House in the administrative building, and will be accepted until October 25th, 2021.