Monday, March 27, 2017

Dubai Opera

Find all the latest news on Dubai Opera right here on Dubai Eye 103.8FM

Coming up in March:

Madam-Butterfly 01MADAM BUTTERFLY

Whether you’re a first-timer to the opera or an avid fan, the story of Madam Butterfly is bound to impress you.

Set in 1890, in the Japanese city of Nagasaki, it tells the story of Butterfly and an American naval officer whose Eastern and Western cultures collide with tragic consequences.

Madam Butterfly consistently makes the top 10 list of the best operas ever performed but it didn’t get off to the right start when it premiered in Milan in February, 1904.

Madam-Butterfly 02To say that it was poorly received would be charitable. Almost from the moment the curtain rose, it was jeered and booed.

The terrible response led composer Giacomo Puccini to modify the score and he presented the work again in another town three months later.

It was a rousing success and has since been viewed generally as a masterpiece.

Watch this ornate performance unfold through Puccini’s celebrated score, at the Dubai Opera from March 2-4.

La-boheme 01LA BOHÈME

A tale of love, friendship and survival, “La Bohème” is one of the best-loved of all operas.

With memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, the Puccini classic has captivated audiences across the globe.

When Annabel Arden’s sensitive and insightful production was first performed in 2012, it was welcomed with open arms by both spectators and critics.

La-boheme 02It’s a vivid portrait of bohemian life in Paris, enhanced with atmospheric projections that take us on a heart-stopping journey.

Be transported to the world of a penniless poet and a seamstress who are head over heels in love, but their dreams are crushed by turmoil and poverty.

Catch one of opera’s greatest love stories of all time at the Dubai Opera from March 9-11.


An iconic music festival, with more than 122 years of history behind it, is heading to Dubai.

The BBC Proms is a much-loved British tradition which aims to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience.

Based primarily at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the premier music series will make its Middle East debut with a four-day fest at Dubai Opera in March.

It will also be the first visit to the UAE for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

The Dubai project will feature six concerts in total, showcasing the works of legends as well as up-and-coming composers.

BCC Proms 02 (Mohammad Fairouz)There will also be some local flavour with music from the Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz and world premieres of works by Dubai-based British artist Joanna Marsh and Australian-Egyptian musician Joseph Tawadros.

The event will conclude with the traditional closer ‘Last Night of the Proms’, featuring a heady mix of pride, flag waving and audience participation.

In a nod to tradition and in a bid to boost inclusivity, nearly 600 standing or “promming” tickets will be on sale for each concert, priced at just AED 50.

On top of all of the performances, there will be a bundle of workshops, masterclasses and open rehearsals during the BBC Proms from March 21-24.



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.

The “King of Opera”, Placido Domingo was the first to take the stage and brought audiences to their feet with a thrilling performance of opera classics:

With a spectacular array of shows on offer, from ballets, opera, and the Impossible Magic Show, the response from audiences has been phenomenal.


But this is just the beginning.

In the coming months, Dubai Opera will be hosting an incredible variety of world class talent unlike anything seen before in the region. Including everything from pop idols, to iconic musicals, masters of opera, to legendary Arab artists.

Dubai Opera is the hottest ticket in town.

Plus, all of your favourite musicals will take the stage, including ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Cats’ and ‘West Side Story’:

Find all the details of upcoming performances right here on Dubai Eye 103.8, the official radio partner for the Dubai Opera.



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.

dubaiopera_nutcracketRenowned 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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