VIDEO: First look inside Dubai Opera
Dubai Opera looks stunning. If you’ve driven anywhere near the Burj Khalifa lately, you may have seen the impressive design from the outside, but Dr Anwar Gargash, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has just taken us through its doors via his Instagram account.
He posted a short video of the venue, which is due to open on August 31 (the same day as IMG Worlds of Adventure), on social media showing the finishing touches being made to the theatre.
Once open, Dubai Opera will be one of the city’s cultural hubs, with a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000 square metre flat floor event space. As Dubai’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, it will host operas, ballet, classical performances, musicals, Arab and World music, comedy, film, family entertainment, as well as rock, pop and jazz concerts. It was designed to reflect the cultural heritage of Dubai, taking design inspiration from vintage dhows.
The first performance will be a concert by legendary Spanish tenor, conductor and art administrator Plácido Domingo.
Described as the ‘King of Opera,’ and the ‘greatest operatic artist of modern times,’ Domingo has sung over 4,000 performances of 147 roles in addition to conducting more than 500 performances. He is named by the Guinness Book of Records for the size of his repertoire and for having received 101 curtain calls after a performance – Verdi’s Otello at the Vienna State Opera.
The Domingo concert will be followed with the historic opera The Pearl Fishers. First performed in 1863, The Pearl Fishers narrates the story of two men’s promise of eternal friendship that is tested by their love for the same woman. The highlight of the opera, The Pearl Fishers Duet is among the best-known in Western opera. The Pearl Fishers, which has enticed opera lovers the world over for its lyrical quality, will be performed by Fondazione Teatro Lirico "Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste.”
Other highlights during the year also include: Opera without Words, an evening of Italian Opera’s greatest overtures and interludes performed by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste and conducted by Francesco Quattrocchi.