A new opera house will be inaugurated on Oct. 10 in Cairo, where the old house, built for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, burned to the ground in 1971.

Besides a 1,300-seat opera house, the Cairo Education and Culture Center has two smaller theaters, a museum, library and art gallery.Director Magda Saleh, a former prima ballerina of Egypt's leading company, said the house will be a home primarily for Egyptian artists.