All you need to know about Dubai Opera
The theme park isn’t the only new attraction opening in Dubai this week – the curtains are up for the city’s new cultural landmark set to host acclaimed international stage productions and concerts. Dubai Opera, which sits at the heart of Downtown, has also raised the bar for design and innovation. Here are some fun facts…
IT’S DHOW THEMED
Inspired by the UAE’s rich maritime heritage, Janus Rostock from Atkins group designed the Dubai Opera in honour of the traditional wooden Arab dhow. The main stage, orchestra and seating areas are located at the “bow”. While the waiting areas, taxidrop off area, and parking are at the “hull”.
PLENTY OF SEATS
The structure is 5,789sq metres. It can accommodate up to 2,000 people. The stalls
seating capacity is 915 for concerts and 889 for theatre shows. The 31 premium boxes can seat 184 people, royal circle 457 and grand circle 529.
The multi-format venue can transform from theatre to concert hall to ‘flat floor’ mode for banquets. This versatility allows it to host concerts, art exhibitions, films and even sporting events.
There will be 600 lighting fixtures including the chandelier, which weighs 5,000kg and contains 2,900 LEDs.
There’s plenty of space for all visiting world-class performers with 21 dressing rooms that can accommodate up to 10 people each.
The opera house overlooks the Burj Khalifa and
Dubai Fountain. The transparent all-glass foyer opens to the waterfront of Burj Lake.
IT SOUNDS GREAT
The state-of-the-art acoustics are a practice in science and art. In its concert hall format, a series of towers and reflectors on stage and overhead acts as an acoustic shell around the orchestra for superb sound quality.
WHAT A LINE-UP
The opening season’s star-studded line-up includes Spanish tenor Jose Carreras, Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the Les Miserables production and more.