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Dubai Opera chief executive Jasper Hope to step down

Hope, appointed in February 2015, was hired as chief executive a year before the launch of the centrepiece of Dubai's Opera District

Dubai Opera chief executive Jasper Hope to step down
Jasper Hope, chief executive of Dubai Opera.

Jasper Hope, the former senior executive from London's Royal Albert Hall appointed to oversee the opening of Dubai Opera more than four years ago, is leaving to pursue new opportunities.

Hope, appointed in February 2015, was hired as chief executive a year before the launch of the centrepiece of Dubai's Opera District in Downtown.

A Dubai Opera spokesperson told Arabian Business: "Jasper Hope is leaving Dubai Opera to pursue new opportunities. We thank him for his contribution to positioning Dubai Opera as an integral part of Dubai's cultural fabric, and wish him the best.”

No further details were given.

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In April, Hope revealed that he wanted to bring hit musicals Hamilton and Wicked to the city.

He told Time Out Dubai about the productions he would like to see in Dubai in the future following the success of shows such as Les Misérables, Evita and Cats.

Hope also said he planned to bring more drama following the success of the recent production of Othello as well as film screenings with live orchestras.

Hope, who has extensive experience in creating, directing and promoting global events, was mandated with ensuring the commercial success of Dubai Opera and developing its profile internationally.

He has also served as senior director of AEG Live at UK Live Events, responsible for creating and managing new entertainment business for the company.