Whether you’re after some passionate flamenco or a head-banging night of rock from some of the most legendary musicians of all time, Dubai Opera is the place to visit for a night that you won’t forget.
Yes, that's right – Hugh Cornwell from The Stranglers, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom are appearing in the flesh.
And that's just the start, with fancy footwork from flamenco star Jesús Carmona and an intimate performance from oud maestro Joseph Tawadros also in the programme.
Add in some stellar runs of Carmen and the Magic Flute and September is set to be a sell-out – and you really don't want to miss these shows.
So book your tickets now at dubaiopera.com and grab yourself a seat for what will be one of Dubai Opera's best seasons yet.
Here's what you can see over the next three weeks...
1. Rock legends from The Stranglers, the Sex Pistols and the Stray Cats
Never Mind the Opera will see three rock heroes coming together in one incredible night of music and unembellished stories on September 20th.
Don’t miss original guitarist, singer and songwriter of The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell and band, followed by one of rock’s most iconic figures, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols alongside legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom and guitar ace Chris Spedding.
This one-off show full of rock classics and infamous life stories is not to be missed.
Tickets from Dhs150. 8pm, Thursday September 20.
2. Mozart’s beautiful opera The Magic Flute
From Thursday September 13-Saturday 15th, this dazzling production will transport audiences to a world of fantasy with spectacular music set around a comic fairy tale.
Join Tamino, Papageno, and Pamina in this fairytale adventure and let Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece take you to the realm of the Queen of the Night.
The Magic Flute is a tale which illustrates the resplendent power of love, art and music. Full of beautiful melodies and enchanting characters, Mozart’s beloved and final opera will be performed in German with English surtitles.
Audiences will be thrilled by the beautiful, intricately detailed costumes and magnificent set design by Paolo Miccichè, who also serves as the director of The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra’s rendition of The Magic Flute.
Tickets from Dhs350. 8pm, Thursday September 13 and Friday September 14. 4pm matinee on Saturday September 15.
3. Flamenco star Jesús Carmona's flawless footwork
With ballet-infused moves that make him a dynamo of a dancer, Jesús Carmona is a pioneer in flamenco’s evolution.
Alongside a company of 11 dancers, musicians, and vocalists, he will perform the emotionally charged Ímpetus (“Bursting with Energy”) on Wednesday 19 September.
This work, about the boundless energy that drives artists to realise their dreams, stars the spellbinding and charismatic Carmona and features famous scores by Spain’s most beloved composers.
Tickets from Dhs200. 8pm, Wednesday September 19.
4. World renowned opera Carmen
One of the world’s best-loved operas, Carmen, comes to Dubai Opera from Thursday September 6-Saturday 8.
Including the Habanera aria and the March of the Toreadors, Bizet’s Carmen is a story of fiery passion and heart-stopping drama in a production complete with spectacular costumes and .
Written by French composer Georges Bizet, Carmen premiered in Paris in 1875 after suffering negative reviews.
Bizet died during the preliminary performances, never to come to know that Carmen would rightly become one of the most renowned operas of all time.
Audiences at Dubai Opera can expect spectacular costumes designed by Cristine Avetisian and awe-inspiring set designs by Avetis during this production by The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra.
Sung in French with English and Arabic surtitles.
Tickets from AED 200. 8pm, Thursday September 6 and Friday September 7. 4pm matinee on Saturday September 8.
5. An intimate night with oud maestro Joseph Tawadros
See award-winning oud player Joseph Tawadros present a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz and classical music ranging from traditional to contemporary sounds.
His charismatic style brings another dimension to the performance, and you can see him live on Wednesday September 26.
Music in the Studio is set in Dubai Opera’s acoustically flawless studio, a unique space you may have not seen before, allowing for a more atmospheric and unmissable experience between the musicians and their audiences.
Tickets Dhs150. 8pm, Wednesday 26 September.