Dubai Opera’s entertainment calendar features a mind-blowing and diverse collection of amazing shows. These are just a few of our favourite things that are coming up.
The Disney Marathon, 15th-30th August.
Between the 15th and 30th August, Dubai Opera will be screening a total of 48 classic Disney films in its atmospheric auditorium. There are movie timings throughout the day, with the first showing at 9.30am, the second at 1pm, third at 4.40pm and a final screening at 8pm.
The family-friendly film festival includes timeless classics from the studio’s half-century of motion picture excellence. Relive the wonder of The Jungle Book; Bambi; Cool Runnings; the OG Mary Poppins; Parent Trap; Pirates of the Caribbean; Moana; A Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long and more on the venue’s big screen.
Adult tickets AED 60, children’s AED 40 and under twos are free. Day pass (four movies) AED 95 (AED 75 for a child), and a full festival pass is AED 495 (AED 295 for kids). A full schedule, including timings, is available at www.dubaiopera.com. 15th-30th August.
Gladiator Live, 18th-19th September
It’s one of director Ridley Scott’s greatest triumphs. Gladiator is the tale of Maximus Decimus Meridius, the Roman general, who through a cruel turn of fate is dispossessed of land and rank and becomes “husband to a murdered wife, father of a murdered son.” Thrown into the bleak brutality of the Roman colosseum, he fights for honour, vengeance and his own life, to challenge an emperor and in the memory of his family.
Are you not entertained? Dubai Opera will be showing the epic with a concerto twist; a live symphony orchestra performing Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-winning score, tweaking the cinematic experience up to 11.
From AED 175. 18th-19th September, 8pm. Dubai Opera House, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. www.dubaiopera.com
Lea Salonga, 5th-6th March 2020
She’s a hero back home in the Philipines and around the world, people know her voice from giving song to Disney princesses Jasmine and Mulan – she was named an official Disney Legend in 2011, so we’d say she’s pretty much a queen too.
Salonga also has a lifelong musical pedigree and made history as the first Asian performer to play Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway.
5th and 6th March 2020. Dubai Opera House, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. www.dubaiopera.com