Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera has something for everyone this October

The month of October is packed with critically acclaimed and world renowned performances at Dubai Opera, so mark your calendars.

The world’s best classical musicians

Kicking off on the 4th is Music in the Studio, an intimate series of chamber music performances by some of the world’s finest artists. Catch BBC Young Musician of the Year, cellist Guy Johnston and internationally renowned concert pianist Amira Fouad, as they captivate the UAE audience with beautiful classical music, including some Beethoven, Fauré and Rachmaninoff.

Hola, Eva!

On the 5th, we are treated to an evening of spectacular dance performances by none other than world famous Spanish flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena, who has honed her craft over the decades and drawn the world’s attention to this centuries-old form of folk art.

We have a one-in-a-lifetime chance to witness her speed, power and dramatic footwork on stage – accompanied by a team of exceptional dancers and an equally talented ensemble of musicians.

An Emmy-winning soprano

Not many people can say they’ve successfully pursued a career as a world-renowned operatic singer, and that’s what makes Danielle de Niese special.

The charming soprano left Melbourne for Los Angeles as a young teenager to chase her dream, making her professional operatic debut at the age of 15, and winning an Emmy Award at 16.

She has recorded six best-selling albums, and she’s set to captivate the UAE audience with her emotive vocal styling.

Here’s a little piece of trivia: her voice is featured in the soundtrack of the 2001 film Hannibal.

Catch De Niese’s debut performance on the 6th.

What A Night!

The story of four regular guys from New Jersey who went on to become one of the most successful bands of all time – will be told in Dubai for the very first time. 

Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys comes to the emirate – bringing us hits by none other than Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

The harmonies they create may sound flawless, but their relationships off-stage are far from perfect.

The blockbuster production has earned nearly 60 major awards, including four Tony Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a Grammy.

Sing along and dance along with the boys from the 11th to the 14th.

It’s their party, and you’re invited

The 20th of October will be an evening full of milestones and quality pop rock music all the way from England.

Scouting for Girls are celebrating their ten year anniversary at Dubai Opera – the iconic venue’s first ever fully flat-floor concert.

The band’s first album sold more than a million copies in the UK alone, and since then they’ve produced more chart-topping records and performed at dozens of festivals and tours all over the world.

And UAE fans will get the chance to sing along with the band as they perform hit after hit, including This Ain’t A Love Song, Heartbeat and She’s So Lovely.

Rockin’ All Over Dubai

They’ve sold more than 118 million records and released over 100 singles, dominating British music charts for decades.

Legendary boogie rock band ‘Status Quo’ have played over 600 live shows to an audience of 25 million people.

This time, they’re ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’, and making a quick stop in Dubai.

Francis Rossi, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, Leon Cave and Richie Malone are dedicating their Final Tour called ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ to honour the memory of renowned guitarist and O.B.E. recipient Rick Parfitt.

Dubai Opera is THE place to be on the 27th of October – when the UAE rocks with Status Quo.

It’s official: Evita is coming to Dubai

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Dubai Opera has confirmed that it will start 2018 by staging the critically acclaimed musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice.

The production about the rise and fall of the controversial Argentine political leader will include the smash hit ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’.

Dubai Opera CEO Jasper Hope got listeners excited as he announced the news on Dubai Eye 103.8’s The Ticket:

Happy 1st year anniversary, Dubai Opera!

It’s been a year full of music, laughter and magic at Dubai Opera.

Over the past twelve months, we’ve been entertained, moved and inspired by Broadway musicals, world-famous singers and one-of-a-kind productions.

The iconic venue was also converted into a squash court for the prestigious PSA World Series Final, and transformed into a grandiose Iftar venue for Ramadan.

And with the recent opening of Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, audiences can now enjoy a hearty meal or a quick bite before or after a show.

Award-winning Australian chef Sean Connolly’s eponymous brasserie serves hearty favourites such as steak and oysters, familiar fare for those who’ve dined at his restaurants across Australia and New Zealand.

The eatery’s modern art deco furniture is coupled with pieces that will remind people of the Sydney Opera House, of which Connolly has fond memories.

Here’s what you need to know about the man who will make sure you’re well-fed and happy on your night out at the Opera.

  • He became interested in cooking as a young boy, while watching his grandmother in the kitchen.
  • His father got him a job at the local Hilton when he was 12 years old. He ended up working there for a couple of years.
  • When he was 18, he got a job in the kitchen of the iconic QE2
  • He’s a celebrity TV chef! He has starred in cookery shows, which reach households across 35 countries.
  • It’s his first time to set up a kitchen in the Middle East, and we’re so happy it’s in Dubai!

Let’s take a look at some of the best moments from over the past year at this iconic landmark at the heart of Downtown Dubai.

200 thousand tickets sold and more than 50 spectacular events later, the region’s culture and arts hub continues to bring us more world-class artists, amazing performances and beautiful music.

Here are some of them:

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Dubai Opera: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Dubai Opera marks the first half of the year by looking back at some of the best performances it has staged in the past six months.

CEO Jasper Hope has a few favourites. Listen in:

And the UAE’s only opera house promises an equally exciting second half of the year, with more voices and visuals to delight a diverse audience.

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Ever since Dubai Opera opened its doors, audiences from the UAE and beyond have been blown away by the world class talent and entertainment at Dubai’s newest cultural destination.

From the building’s stunning design which takes inspiration from Emirati culture, to the state-of-the-art auditorium, there was much excitement even before opening night.


At Dubai Eye 103.8, our mission is to keep you across all of the information to come out of Dubai Opera and that’s where the team from The Tickets will come in.  Tune in every Wednesday at 3.30pm for a weekly spot, dedicated to keep you up to date with interviews and sneak previews.

All of these interviews and sneak previews wouldn’t be possible without the man who makes the decisions at Dubai Opera, Jasper Hope.

jasper-hopeJasper Hope is Chief Executive of Dubai Opera.

Prior to his role at Dubai Opera, Jasper held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall in London. As one of the world’s leading cultural and entertainment destinations, Jasper was responsible for the successful implementation of all operational management criteria and the leadership of the day-to-day business of the Hall.

Under his leadership, the prestigious venue achieved close to 400 events each year, making it one of the busiest and most successful venues in the world.

Renowned in the industry as a creative, commercial and resourceful leader, Jasper has proven experience in successfully delivering a programme of change for the venues he leads in addition to conceptualising and executing a diverse range of notable events in unique venues.

To hear more from Jasper and his interviews so far with The Ticket, click on the below interviews:

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