There’s something for everyone at Dubai Opera this February
Following the successful run of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Evita at Dubai Opera, the iconic venue is gearing up to host a number of other performances that are set to entertain, amaze and inspire audiences.
Ludovico Einaudi, February 8 & 9
Bafta and Oscar-nominated composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi is set to serenade us with his much-loved classical and contemporary pieces.
Having trained in Milan, he began his career as a classical composer and began exploring other styles and genres such as pop, rock and folk music, catapulting him into mainstream success.
His works have earned him a number of accolades, and later on found their way to Hollywood films, including Black Swan and Insidious, as well as hit TV series such as Dr. Zhivago, This is England 86 and the Ricky Gervais-starrer Derek.
Aida, February 14 to 17
The Polish National Opera brings us Aida, a tale about a Nubian princess and a young Egyptian warrior called Radames, who are forced to choose between their love and loyalty to their countries.
It’s told in four acts in the words of Antonio Ghislanzoni and the music of Giuseppe Verdi, and performed in Italian with English subtitles.
Eugene Onegin, February 22 & 23
Love and regret are the main themes of Eugene Onegin, a three-act opera performed by the Polish National Opera based on a novel by Russia’s most famous writer, Alexander Pushkin.
His prose was turned into verse and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and is presented in Russian, with English subtitles.
Music in Studio, February 21
A sold-out season in 2017 has brought the return of the Music in the Studio series, featuring world-class performances by talented musicians from across the globe.
Each concert takes place in Dubai Opera’s acoustically flawless studio, allowing a more intimate experience between the musicians and their audiences.
On February 21, famed Mexican guitarist Mauricio Diaz Alvarez will deliver his own renditions of award-winning Spanish and Latino composers, including Albeniz, Villalobos, Ponce and Tarrega.
Shaolin Warriors, February 27 to March 3
The world-famous Shaolin Warriors will leave you gasping and applauding with their dynamic display of Kung Fu martial arts.
Direct from Shaolin, China, the legendary Kung Fu Masters will demonstrate breath-taking hypnotic and death-defying acts, making their performance the perfect entertainment for the whole family.
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.
MORE ON DUBAI OPERA
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 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.