Dubai Opera turns one. Here’s what to see this year

Opera house hosting huge concerts after celebrating first anniversary

Dubai Opera is celebrating its first anniversary following its opening in September 2016, and the city’s first purpose-built performing arts theatre has released some brilliant stats about it to mark the occasion.

Since it opened 12 months ago, the venue has welcomed more than 200,000 guests through its doors to witness many of the fantastic artistic, musical and cultural performances it has since hosted. In fact, including its opening event – a performance from the “king of opera”, Placido Domingo – an average of 4,000 people per show have attended more than 50 shows.

From Les Miserables to Mary Poppins and a week-long residency from the BBC Proms – the first time the orchestral festival has ever appeared outside of the UK – Dubai Opera has welcomed more than 2,000 artists from 60 different countries. It even hosted the world squash championship finals back in June and a special iftar banquet during Ramadan. The venue's first in-house restaurant also opened at the start of September, with Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera bringing some fine-dining to go with the world-class performances.

Coming up this year is UK pop-rock band Scouting For Girls, performing on Friday October 20. It will be the first gig at Dubai Opera to make full use of the theatre’s floor as a standing-only venue. Also coming up this year is South African legend Johnny Clegg, as well as a trilogy of Mozart performances, plus one of the biggest composers and songwriters in the world today, Rufus Wainwright, coming to town in December.

The full list of acts coming up this year is available via the Dubai Opera website here, but here are some of the highlights:

Mozart: Dhs350. Sep 7-9 and 14-16.
Johnny Clegg: Dhs250. Wed Sep 20.
Lea Salonga: Dhs250. Sep 22-23.
Vivaldi The Four Seasons featuring Daniel Hope: Dhs250. Sat Oct 7.
Jersey Boys: Dhs250. Oct 11-14.
Scouting For Girls: Dhs150. Fri Oct 20.
Status Quo: Dhs195. Fri Oct 27.
Mandela Trilogy: Dhs250. Nov 9-11.
Rufus Wainwright: Dhs295. Wed Dec 6.

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