I can’t believe that it has been more than a year and four months since the Dubai Opera opened its doors to great fanfare and an opening concert by Placido Domingo. I couldn’t get tickets to that opening concert but I went to a performance of Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ on Day 2 (which was considered an important connection given Dubai’s own history of pearl fishing and trading). Since then I’ve been to the opera at least 4-5 times for everything from the Blue Men Group to jazz concerts by Michel Legrand.
The piece de resistance of the Opera is actually not the concert hall itself but a massive chandelier that hangs in the atrium space. It is made of 30,000 glass pearls and lighted by over 3,000 light bulbs. Apparently it weighs close to 5 tonnes in all its 27 metre high glory. It’s a popular spot for selfies. I took a photo of it before it was cool but didn’t bother posting it on social media which makes me just a wanna be now 🙂
Here are a few random memories from my various visits to the Opera: