Dubai Opera's first show sells out in three hours

All 2,000 tickets for Placido Domingo performance snapped up almost immediately
Spanish tenor and composer, Plácido Domingo.
Spanish tenor and composer, Plácido Domingo.


Tickets for the opening show at Dubai Opera sold out in less than three hours, it was revealed on Monday.

All 2,000 tickets to see singing legend Plácido Domingo were quickly snapped up after going on sale on Sunday, with buyers from more than 20 countries.

The theatre, which is located in Downtown Dubai and overlooking the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, is set to open its doors on August 31st, 2016.

It will welcome a line-up of world-class performances including works by renowned tenor Placido Domingo, The Barber of Seville by Rossini, The Pearl Fishers by Bizet, and the Giselle and Coppelia productions of The Russian State Ballet.

The Dubai Opera includes a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall, and a 2,000 square metre flat floor event space.

Jasper Hope, chief executive at Dubai Opera said: “The truth is, this is the first venue of its kind and when we put together the inaugural season we didn’t know exactly how popular it would be across the GCC."

"The response on day one of tickets sales has been absolutely overwhelming with bookings being taken from more than 20 countries, from Saudi Arabia to the UK, from Germany to Japan. It is no surprise to me that the opening performance of Dubai Opera with the 'King of Opera' has sold out, with many other shows following closely in his footsteps."

Hope continued: "Sales for the ballet and the opera have exceeded our expectations and with many shows only on stage for one night only, I would urge anyone who wants to come and experience a performance in Dubai Opera to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.”

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