But, legendary productions aside, Dubai Opera promises a lot more in the months ahead. Earlier this year, 90’s pop sensation Steps took to the stage for a musical extravaganza. And the line-up of pop artists doesn’t stop there. Fans can look forward to live music concerts featuring popular Arab artist Assala, folk singer Suzanne Vega and Irish singer Imelda May.
But that’s not all! Stand-up comedy fans can also expect some side-splitting entertainment at the venue with performances by celebrated artists Al Murray, Omar Hamdi, Esther Manito, Prince Abdi and Karim Duval.
While it might seem like the venue is deviating from its traditional format of entertainment, Hope argues: “Dubai Opera was always intended to be a multi-purpose venue offering the best from a wide variety of genres. We vary our programme frequently so as to appeal to as many different interests as possible. It doesn’t mean we don’t have opera, ballet and classical music as a key part of our programme each year – we do – it just means that we can think broader than that.” So, when it comes to marking our social calendars, Hope promises there’s something for everyone.
Being the man behind the scenes is certainly no easy feat, as Hope points out. “It takes a lot of hard work, while also being surrounded by a great team working just as hard.”
But the role does come with its perks. Talking about his favourite opera moment, he says: “It’s difficult to beat the opening night. Welcoming His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and introducing him to Plácido Domingo is a moment I shall treasure forever.” As for the future, his sights are set high. All he leaves us with is: “If you happen to come across Adele’s number, please pass it on.”
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