The wait is finally over- Dubai Opera opened its doors last night!

Arts and Cultural aficionados across the UAE did a proverbial “happy dance” last night as Dubai Opera opened its doors with great aplomb when renowned Spanish tenor Placido Domingo took to the stage with his effortless prowess, incorporating arias, duets and Broadway staples into his repertoire. The virtuoso singer was accompanied by soprano Ana Maria Martinez and Trieste’s 65-piece orchestra Fondazione Teatro Lirico, Giuseppe Verdi.

For many months we have watched with eager anticipation as the 2,000-capacity venue perfectly nestled in the Shadow of the Burj Khalifa Dubai Opera has come to life. Its architectural design is reminiscent of the traditional Arabian Dhow, a concept that blends effortlessly with the chic contemporary interior providing the perfect balance of tradition meeting modernity, in a 21st century city which retains its rich Emirati heritage at its core.

The Dubai Opera’s historic opening weekend continues Sunday night sees Rossini’s classic comedy, The Barber of Seville, take to the stage while on Saturday night I am lucky enough to have reserved tickets for Georges Bizet The Pear (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) Performed by Fondazione Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi”, Trieste. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, this colourful opera is a tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. The Pearl Fishers centres around two friends, who vow to never let the love of a woman come between them and destroy their friendship. Personally I love the deep rooted connections here with the operas title and the age old Khaleeji ritual of pearl diving, a concept which will strongly resonate with locals.

Other upcoming events include Opera Without Words, Coppélia, Giselle, Postcards from Vienna, Mozart Gala, Impossible, José Carreras, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Sara Baras, Anoushka Shankar, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Nutcracker on Ice and Slava’s Snowshow.

With an anticipated 200 events per year in the programme, The accomplished team which includes CEO Jasper Hope, formally of Royal Albert Hall fame has an unenviable but exciting season ahead to ensure this inspired development takes its place as a bench mark for the performing arts in the region.

I am looking forward to working an exciting musical education and outreach programme linked to performances in the Spring so watch this space.

To find out more and book tickets, visit www.dubaiopera.com

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