Dubai Opera has been years in the making, and it’ll finally be opening its doors to an eager public in Downtown Dubai on August 31. It is set to become the region’s biggest cultural attraction, with plans for performances by some of the world’s biggest talents.
Whether it’s music, opera or theatre you’re after, Dubai Opera will have a little something for everyone. Get out your diaries and clear your schedules for the following acts — we’ve chosen five that you simply can’t miss.
To the delight of many, Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo will perform on Dubai Opera’s opening night. The performer is considered one of the world’s greatest living opera singers, having recorded more than 100 operas in a career that’s spanned over half a century. He’ll be sure to wow audiences.
September 1 & 3:
Three-act opera The Pearl Fishers, composed by Georges Bizet, seems a fitting choice for Dubai Opera, considering the city’s pearl-diving heritage. The opera will be performed by Italian musical ensemble Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste. Make sure you don’t miss this complex story of love and betrayal — it’s only running for two nights.
World-famous musical, Les Miserables, will grace the breathtaking venue’s stage from November 10 to 24. Based on the Victor Hugo novel, the blockbuster is the world’s longest running musical, and has been seen by more than 70 million people. The musical, which has won more than 125 awards and has been performed in 44 countries, is an uplifting story about the human spirit.
Watch world-class skaters dance to Tchaikovsky in the Nutcracker on Ice at the Dubai Opera, which will morph into a giant ice rink especially for the four-day performance. Be prepared for colourful costumes, dazzling effects and jaw-dropping acrobatics.
Quite fittingly scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day, West Side Story, the multiple-award winning play that’s captured the hearts of people worldwide, will have its GCC premiere at Dubai Opera. Set in 1950s America, the play is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, with the protagonists falling in love against the backdrop of ongoing rivalry between two gangs in the Upper West Side of New York City.