Dubai Opera House set to serenade the city as the curtain lifts

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Saffiya Ansari
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Dubai is set to be serenaded by a line-up of world-class performances, as the city’s first opera house lifts the curtain on Aug. 31.

Overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, the 2,000-seat Dubai Opera House has already announced a slew of performances to satisfy even the hungriest of culture vultures.

The season will launch on Wednesday with a concert by renowned Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo, who has performed more than 4,000 times and played 147 roles over the course of his career, leading him to be dubbed “the king of opera.”

With tickets for the opening show selling out within three hours, opera fans need not worry as organizers have promised a season full of shows at Dubai’s first purpose-built, multi-format performing arts theater.

“Dubai Opera is bringing a spectacular calendar of performances, from defining operas to exhilarating ballets and compelling classical music in our opening year,” CEO Jasper Hope said in a statement. “The line-up of performances will be a revelation for culture-lovers in the city.”

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