First picture inside Dubai Opera released
The first official picture of Dubai Opera has been released giving us a preview of what the glamorous theatre seating will look like. The venue is due to open on Wednesday August 31, in just one week.
This is the city’s first multi-format performing arts theatre, with stunning views of the Dubai Fountain. It seats 2,000 people and will be used for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes. Although the release says hats and big hairstyles are best avoided (because, of course) there isn’t a mandatory dress code. The grand space and world-class performances mean that black tie and formal gowns are expected.
The opening concert is 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 Dubai Opera hosting 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.”
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Opera is our tribute to our city and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as a seat of arts, culture, performing arts and world-class events. An architectural masterpiece, it draws design inspiration from our own heritage, while the focus on bringing exclusive and accomplished performing arts places it on the league of the world’s finest theatres.”
He added: “Dubai Opera adds a new dimension to cultural entertainment in the city, while adding value to the surrounding hospitality, retail, touristic and residential developments. With this sterling addition to the city, we are supporting our leadership’s focus on establishing Dubai as a ‘City of Happy, Creative and Empowered People.’”