A never-before-experienced music festival will take over Dubai Opera in March and April of 2017.
Known as White Nights, the 10-day run will bring together a carefully curated collection of the brightest and biggest stars from the world of music, including Jamie Cullum, Katherine Jenkins, world famous violinist David Garrett and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, among others.
Announced in September 2016, excitement was cranked up the maximum early on when Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe were the first stars to be confirmed for a performance at the venue.
Welsh Mezzo Soprano Jenkins is one of the most famous contemporary voices in her genre, while Brit Boe is widely regarded as his nation's finest tenor. The former has released a staggering 10 studio albums in the last 15 or so years, having first hit the headlines at the age of just 23.
Her status has seen her tour alongside the likes of Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Jose Carreras, while she is the go-to vocalist for significant public events in her homeland such as the Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and her 90th Birthday at Windsor Castle.
Boe, meanwhile, has made massive inroads into the USA, winning awards for his theatrical performances on Broadway, namely a Tony in Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 revival of ‘La Boheme’. He has just finished a critically-acclaimed run in Les Miserables in London and New York.
Like Jenkins, the 41-year-old has managed to take his vocal talent into the mainstream, most notably performing alongside Pete Townsend, Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.
Their announcement was followed by confirmation of Jonas Kaufmann's Dubai debut; the German singer is one of the biggest stars in the opera world, and has been called ‘the most important, versatile tenor of his generation'.
German violin maestro Garrett was next on the list, a man with over two decades experience at the very top. His career has been spent trying and succeeding in crossing the classical instrument over into the mainstream.
He will be joined on stage on Friday April 7 by the Georgian born pianist Buniatishvili and brilliant Romanian born soprano Gheorghiu.
Closing the festival is Jamie Cullum, on April 8. Known for his spontaneity and charisma on stage, the man from Rochford in Essex, to the north east of London, is one of very few jazz artists who have broken into the mainstream music scene, with hits like What a Difference a Day Made, Pure Imagination and Everlasting Love.
He's also collaborated with big names including Rihanna and Mark Ronson to create massive pop hits.