Dubai Opera



Another Grammy winner on the Dubai Opera stage

Legendary Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses, and this December, Dubai Opera will be added to his list.

Terfel made his Royal Opera debut in the early 1990s, and was initially associated with Mozart before moving on to sing the works of Richard Vagner.

The international opera star has since received dozens of prestigious awards – from the Grammys, Classical Brit Awards and Grammophon.

Those who have witnessed his performance live describe him as charming, delightful and extremely talented by with a powerful voice that transcends language.

On the 3 December, it’s our turn to be captivated by the one and only Bryn Terfel.


Multi-talented Rufus Wainwright to perform classics

Singer, pianist, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright will perform a special and intimate set solo on guitar and piano at Dubai Opera on 6 December.

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, and has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, including the Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.

Musically Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson among others.

He’ll be supported by Dubai-based Tim Hassall, who has opened for Kaiser Chiefs, Travis and The Charlatans at the Party in The Park festival; and Stephon LaMar who has had the pleasure of opening for James Morrison in 2016 at the Dubai Opera.


Funny Scot takes over Dubai Opera for a night

The first ever stand-up comic to perform at Dubai Opera will come all the way from Scotland.

For one night only, Danny Bhoy will make you roll over with laughter with his signature observational humour, which won him the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, the biggest national competition in the UK for new comics.

He carved out a career with his unique brand of storytelling and razor-sharp wit, and has come a long way from staging his first very show at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998.

To date, his jokes have taken him to countries like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden and the US.

And on 11 December, your funnyman himself will deliver his punchlines live.


Spend ‘An Evening with Joan Collins’ if you dare

A glamorous living legend is set to grace the Dubai Opera stage, and share her secrets to Hollywood success.

You might know Dame Joan Collins as the evil Alexis in the hit drama series Dynasty, which earned her several Golden Globes and an Emmy nomination. It’s only of the dozens of TV shows, feature films and theatrical productions she’s starred in during her seven-decade career.

She’s also a producer and an author, having penned novels and memoirs that have sold 50 million copies worldwide.

Not to mention a humanitarian who supports various causes, including breast cancer research and empowering children with learning disabilities.

Dame Collins invites you to an intimate evening filled with exciting stories from her hey days in the entertainment industry, and juicy revelations about the relationships she’s had over the years.

An Evening with Dame Joan Collins – on the 12 December at Dubai Opera.


Music in the Studio

The last installment of this intimate series of chamber music performances by some of the world’s finest artists will feature a formidable female musical tandem.

Welsh soprano Rhian Lois has performed to great acclaim on the English National Opera stage in roles such as Adele Die Fledermaus, Nerine in Charpentier’s Medea and Atalanta Xerxes. On 13 December, she will bring a varied programme of her best-loved composers including Mozart and some festive music to celebrate the season.

Lois’ powerful voice will be accompanied by the captivating music of renowned pianist, Amira Fouad, who has curated the entire series.

Music in the Studio is set in our acoustically flawless Studio located within Dubai Opera, allowing for a more atmospheric and unmissable experience between the musicians and their audiences.


Christmas Carols at the Dubai Opera

This December, a musical powerhouse will fill Dubai Opera with festive tunes.

Celebrate the season at Jingle Bell Favourites, a concert much-loved Christmas classics including Winter Wonderland, Silent Night and All I want for Christmas.

They’ll be performed by the London Concert Orchestra Show Band, West End soloists Alison Jiear and Matt Little, and the versatile Capital Voices, who’ve lent their impeccable vocal stylings to TV and radio shows, films, theater productions and concerts.

All you need to do is don your Santa hat and sing and dance along.

Three evenings of Yuletide carols for the entire family: Jingle Bell Favourites, from the 14 to 16 December at Dubai Opera.

It’s official: Evita is coming to Dubai



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:


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.




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.

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