The clas­sic French opera makes its de­but in the city

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The clas­sic opera Car­men makes its de­but this month in the city at Dubai Opera

It’s hosted ev­ery­thing from Steps con­certs to fash­ion shows and now, for three nights, Dubai Opera will host the leg­endary opera Car­men.

Penned by French com­poser Georges Bizet, it’s based on the 1845 novella of the same name by French writer Pros­per Mérimeé. Per­formed in French with English and Ara­bic sub­ti­tles, ex­pect to hear a score packed with arias in­clud­ing Toréador Song.

It fol­lows the tale of a doomed love af­fair be­tween sol­dier Don José, who falls in love with hot-tem­pered gypsy Car­men and grap­ples with love, be­trayal and jeal­ousy.

Panned by early crit­ics when it was first re­leased in 1875 (who ob­jected to the re­al­ism on stage such as the in­clu­sion of gyp­sies, a peas­ant girl and smug­glers), Bizet went on to achieve post­hu­mous suc­cess for his work, and Car­men is now con­sid­ered to be one of the most pop­u­lar Western op­eras of all time – and the com­poser’s most famous.

The opera is pro­duced by The Ar­me­nian Na­tional Aca­demic Theatre Opera and Orches­tra – they’re also pro­duc­ing Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which will run for thee nights at Dubai Opera from Septem­ber 13 to 15.

Plus, Dubai Opera is of­fer­ing a deal – if you buy two pairs of tick­ets to see Car­men and The Magic Flute, you’ll only pay for three tick­ets. Septem­ber 6, 7, 8

Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai, Dubai, tim­ings vary, Dhs350 to Dhs950. Tel: (04) 4408888. Taxi: Dubai Opera, Down­town Dubai. dubai­opera.com

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