Legendary opera Carmen coming to Dubai

The Magic Flute also arriving at Dubai Opera this September


Last year Dubai Opera brought this city a wealth of fantastic musicals, plays and operas. We’re talking Mozart, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins – we even had standing-room only concerts for Rufus Wainwright and Scouting For Girls.

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s classic musical Evita has already hit the stage this year, and we’re currently in the midst of a run of timeless opera Aïda, which is on until Saturday February 17 (and we loved it, by the way, here’s our review of the opening night).

Now, one of the world’s most famous operas is coming to Dubai. Carmen, the story of Don José and his hopeless love for the titular character, will be here for three nights in September – running from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8. It’s a tragic tale, with a tragic real-life story to boot.

Written by French composer Georges Bizet in 1875, Carmen premiered in Paris to negative review and swathes of disapproval from his peers. Bizet died during the show’s preliminary performances, and would never come to learn of Carmen’s global fame.

Expect huge set and costume designs from this classic production – especially considering its venue. We went backstage at Dubai Opera recently, and it’s mighty impressive. Carmen will be produced by The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra, which will also be producing a second show while it is in Dubai, with The Magic Flute running from Thursday September 13 to Saturday 15.

The Magic Flute, another Mozart composition, tells a fantastical tale set in a magical realm, of a young hero sent on a quest by the Queen of Night to rescue her daughter from the wicked wizard, Sarastro.

You can get tickets for both shows for Dhs350 combined. There’s an early bird discount of 20 percent on all tickets (except for boxes) until Wednesday February 28 at 5pm. Plus if you’re buying a pair of tickets for each show, you’ll get your four tickets (total) for the price of three.

From Dhs350. Carmen: Sep 6-8. The Magic Flute: Sep 13-15. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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