Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dubai Opera

Mozart’s music comes to life at Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera is bringing us classics by one of the greatest composers in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Together with Italian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, the musical genius created comic operas that have entertained audiences for more than three centuries.

Be enthralled by the Marriage of Figaro, a four-act tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, set in Count Almaviva’s castle in Seville in the 18th Century.

Brace yourself for Don Giovanni, a dark performance about a young, arrogant nobleman whose crimes soon come back to haunt him.

And witness a story of infidelity in Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart and Da Ponte’s third and final collaboration, as two men test their lady loves’ faithfulness.

Three masterpieces, each woven together with Mozart’s captivating music and Da Ponte’s beautiful words.

Watch them in the month of September, only at Dubai Opera.

Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera: All about the chef

Award-winning Australian chef Sean Connolly is gearing up to cook for Dubai residents this September with his restaurant launching at Dubai Opera.

His eponymous brasserie will serve 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 will be 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!

See you at the opening!

South African sensation Johnny Clegg makes Dubai stop on his ‘Final Journey’

It’s hard not to bob your head or dance along to Johnny Clegg’s music.

The South African singer-songwriter has his own brand of sound, seamlessly combining Zulu and Western beats.

But behind his catchy, upbeat tunes is an accidental message of unity – Clegg was subject to harassment because of his collaboration with black musicians during the apartheid era.

For decades he was the face and voice of two successful bands, Juluka and Savuka.

Their songs made their way into the soundtracks of Hollywood films, including Oscar-winner ‘Rain Man’ and the UK singles charts, and earned them a Grammy nomination.

And in 1999, he and his Savuka bandmates performed and shared a stage with none other than Nelson Mandela, to whom they dedicated a song called ‘Asimbonanga’.

The master of hybrid rhythms will be performing hit after hit at Dubai Opera in September, as part of his last world tour before he retires, aptly name The Final Journey.

He tells us more about his last series of shows, and why Dubai Opera is an exciting venue to perform:

Female power at Dubai Opera this year

Evita isn’t the only boss-lady dominating the Dubai Opera stage in the coming months.

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga is set to serenade the UAE audience with a number of Broadway classics, and childhood favourites.

Starting as a child actor and singer in the Philippines, Lea’s big break came when she was chosen to play Kim in the hit musical Miss Saigon.

Showing her versatility, she went on to lend her singing voice to Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin.

Her long list of credentials includes sold-out performances in her hometown of Manila, New York, London and Kuala Lumpur.

Lea says the repertoire for her debut performance in the emirate will be a balance of international hits and Filipino favourites.

Dubai Opera is setting the stage for Lea’s debut in the emirate, with two shows in September.

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:

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.

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

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