Work on Dubai Opera, the city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, will be completed in August, Emaar Properties has said in a construction update.
The project, located in Downtown Dubai, is “showing good progress”, with the concrete and steel structure works completed, said the developer.
“Ongoing works are vertical transportation, interior fit out, stage engineering, joinery, façade, roofing and metal. There are also other installations such as water features, kitchen equipment, auditorium seating, fit out, MEP and finishing,” the company said.
Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. It includes a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2,000-square-metre flat floor event space.
The hotly-anticipated venue will be able to seat up to 2,000 for a theatrical production and up to 1,000 for a gala dinner.
It has been designed to reflect the cultural heritage of Dubai, taking artistic inspiration from the vintage dhows for which the UAE is renowned.
Earlier this year, Emaar announced the programme of 49 performances for Dubai Operat’s inaugural season.
They span opera, ballet, classical music and family entertainment with the ‘king of opera’, Plácido Domingo, playing the first concert.
The upcoming line-up also includes Catalan tenor José Carreras, one of the renowned ‘Three Tenors’ alongside Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti; Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi, Spanish Flamenco star Sara Baras and sitar player Anouskha Shankar.
Bejart Ballet Lausanne is scheduled to perform Ballet for Life and a Ballet Gala of Seven Greek Dances, Piaf and Bolero.
Dubai Opera will also host entertainment shows including Impossible, which features live performances from some of the world’s best illusionists, The Nutcracker on Ice and Slava’s Snowshow.
Emaar Properties has also reportedly awarded a $136 million contract for the construction of the Opera Grand Tower as part of the new Opera District in Downtown Dubai.
Greek company Consolidated Contractors Company will build the commercial and residential tower, which will overlook Dubai Opera.
The Opera District will also have a large public plaza, amphitheatre and bridges to the Dubai Mall.