Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 18 September 2019

Katherine Jenkins, Omar Kamal and La Traviata are heading to Dubai Opera

The Downtown venue has announced its programme through to April next year

Omar Kamal has been hailed as the Palestinian Frank Sinatra. Courtesy Dubai Opera
Omar Kamal has been hailed as the Palestinian Frank Sinatra. Courtesy Dubai Opera

The Palestinian Frank Sinatra, an opera classic, a much-loved soprano and a spectacular music tribute are some of the events coming to Dubai Opera.

The Downtown venue announced nearly 10 shows stretching right through to April next year. They join over 20 other events already confirmed including The Phantom of the Opera (Wednesday, October 16 to Saturday, November 2), Lebanese pianist Guy Manoukian (Thursday, November 28) and Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 8.

Below are five keys shows to add to the calendar. Tickets for the programme go on sale on Sunday, September 8 at 3pm with a 20 percent Early Bird offer valid until Sunday, September 22. The full list of shows is available at www.dubaiopera.com

Sunday, December 15: Omar Kamal

Hey may be regarded as the Palestinian Frank Sinatra but Omar Kamal is shining in his own light with his brand of balladry, inspired by classical Arabic music and the pizazz of ol' Blue Eyes himself. Expect a dynamic set full of songs by legendary crooners such as Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez as well as vintage jazz standards. Tickets begin from Dh195.

Monday and Tuesday, January 17 and 18: Broken Wings

Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of one of Khalil Jibran's most personal novels. Courtesy Dubai Opera
Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of one of Khalil Jibran's most personal novels. Courtesy Dubai Opera

Fresh from its run in London’s West End this year, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of one of Khalil Jibran’s most autobiographical works, published in 1912. Written by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Firdan, Broken Wings highlights key themes of gender equality, tradition versus modernity and migration to prove that Jibran’s works remain prescient today. Tickets begin from Dh295.

Friday, February 22: Katherine Jenkins

As the UK's best selling classical music artists of the last 25 years, Katherine Jenkins will grace the Dubai stage to perform a concert of musical numbers including Homeward Bound and Granada and the Andrew Lloyd Weber classic The Music of The Night. Tickets begin from Dh295.

Thursday to Saturday, March 19 to 21: La Traviata

La Traviata is an opera classic. Courtesy Dubai Opera
La Traviata is an opera classic. Courtesy Dubai Opera

Any opera house worth its name has to host this classic. Verdi’s Traviata has all the elements an opera buff loves: romance, drama and a stunning score full of vivid melodies. The production is also the perfect entryway for those wishing to discover the Dubai Opera House – the opera, after all, played an important role in the chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman. Tickets begin from Dh195.

Thursday to Saturday, April 16 to 18: The Greatest Love of All

South Afrian singer Belinda Davis is Whitney Housto in The Greatest Love of All. Courtesy Dubai Opera
South Afrian singer Belinda Davis is Whitney Housto in The Greatest Love of All. Courtesy Dubai Opera

Whitney Houston fans shouldn’t miss this. A partnership between Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment (the latter is responsible for bringing the anticipated Phantom of the Opera to Dubai), this is a tribute show fit for a diva. South African singer Belinda Davis will channel the singer’s oeuvre in a two-hour show that will take you through Houston's extensive body of work. More than nostalgia, the show aims to showcase Houston's amazing vocal mastery of genres ranging from pop and RnB to gospel music. Expect all the hits from Houston's 40-year career including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, How Will I Know, One Moment in Time. Tickets begin from Dh275.

Updated: September 6, 2019 09:49 AM

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