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Dubai Opera to make a splash in autumn

Dubai Opera will be the centre stage of all arts - from ballet and classical, to musicals and theatre, comedy, family, rock, pop and jazz

13 Apr 2016 | 11:41 am
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  • Hussain Al Jassmi.

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  • Sara Baras.

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Legendary Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo will headline the much-awaited inauguration of the Dubai Opera, the city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts centre in Downtown Dubai, this autumn.

With a built-up area of over 35,500 sq.m.Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, and consists of a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000 sq.m. flat floor event space in The Opera District, a dedicated cultural and lifestyle hub.

A world-class line-up of performances will follow the inaugural concert by Plácido Domingo, aimed at establishing Dubai Opera the cultural hub of the region. The follow-up will be the soul-stirring three-act opera The Pearl Fishers by the French composer Georges Bizet, set to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, will serve as an ode to the rich heritage of Dubai, with its history seeped in adventurous pearl-diving expeditions by its people. It also complements the architectural splendour of Dubai Opera, inspired as it is by the Arabian dhow. It will be performed by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste.

The masterpiece comedy by Gioachino Rossini, The Barber of Seville, will be Dubai Opera’s third act, performed by the same team.

Other highlights this year will include: Opera without Words, an evening of Italian Opera’s greatest overtures and interludes performed by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste and conducted by Francesco Quattrocchi; Giselle and Coppelia, both performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia; Mozart Gala performed by Vienna Concert Verein; Postcards from Vienna; and the famous illusionists’ show, Impossible.

Later this year, the renowned Catalan tenor José Carreras will bring his final world tour ‘A Life in Music’. Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi takes centrestage followed by the unmatched brilliance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante.

Spain’s foremost Flamenco superstar, Sara Baras, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, The Nutcracker on Ice featuring the Imperial Ice Stars, and the multi-award winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow will all come to Dubai Opera over the festive season.

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