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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 April 2019

Harry Potter and The Godfather concerts are coming to Dubai Opera

The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra will perform the scores live as part of the venue's 2019 Cinema Series

Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone screened at Dubai Opera in December 2017. The second film will be shown in March 2019. Courtesy Twelve Photographic Services
Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone screened at Dubai Opera in December 2017. The second film will be shown in March 2019. Courtesy Twelve Photographic Services

Film and music fans, rejoice – this February and March Dubai Opera is screening two classic films while the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performs the scores live.

'The Godfather'

Richard S Castellano watching Al Pacino aim gun in a scene from the film 'The Godfather', 1972. Getty Images
Richard S Castellano watching Al Pacino aim gun in a scene from the film 'The Godfather', 1972. Getty Images

First, on February 28, The Godfather will be screened at the Downtown Dubai destination. Watch the Sicilian mafia rise to power and fall from grace, as the orchestra plays Nino Rota's Oscar-nominated score.

The Academy Award-winning film – which many movie fans claim is the best film ever made – features Marlon Brando, as Don Vito Corleone, patriarch of the Italian-American mafia family, alongside Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall.

'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'

Harry Potter and Dobby the house elf in a scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter and Dobby the house elf in a scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Then, on March 1-2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – the second installment of JK Rowling's beloved tales – will be screened, as John Williams's memorable songs are performed live.

In this story, Harry Potter meets the house elf Dobby and the giant talking spider Aragog, as well as flies a car with pal Ron Weasley and comes face to face with a younger Voldemort.

In December 2017, Potterheads were treated to a screening of the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while listening to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra perform.

Farah Andrews, a Dubai resident who attended the first screening, said: "For a Harry Potter fan, it was a very nostalgic screening, in a very impressive environment.

"The music is such an important, atmospheric part of the series of films, but can be taken for granted a little in a small-screen viewing. It’s nice being able to sit back and really focus on different parts of the film that I thought I knew so well.

"It was absolutely magical."

Tickets go on sale January 17

Tickets are currently on exclusive pre-sale, offering limited-time discounts of 20 per cent to du subscribers.

For the general public, tickets go on sale tomorrow (January 17) at noon. Prices start from Dh175 and there will also be a 20 per cent early bird offer available on the top two seating categories until January 31.

Visit the Dubai Opera website for more information.

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Updated: January 16, 2019 10:18 AM

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