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Jamie Cullum set to close Dubai Opera music festival

Jazz-pop singer and pianist will perform at Dubai's newest concert venue on April 8 next year

Jamie Cullum set to close Dubai Opera music festival
British singer Jamie Cullum. (Georg Hochmuth/AFP/Getty Images)

Jazz-pop singer and pianist Jamie Cullum will perform at Dubai Opera on Saturday, April 8 2017, it has been confirmed. The British Grammy award winner will close a series of shows as part of White Nights in Dubai, the first music festival of its kind in the Middle East.

He joins Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, David Garrett with special guest pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, Jonas Kaufmann, and Angela Gheorghiu. The festival will be held over two weekends between March 30 and April 8 2017.

Jamie Cullum has received two Golden Globes and three Brit awards over his years in the industry. Having sold over 10 million albums he is currently the most successful UK jazz artist ever. Cullum was so passionate about music that he self-funded his first album Heard It All Before propelled him into the jazz scene and launched his career. He went on to release platinum selling album Twentysomething with Universal.

Katherine Jenkins will no doubt make opening night a hot ticket. The Welsh mezzo soprano has seven UK classical number ones under her belt, from ten studio albums. As well as a BRIT Award and a string of high-profile performances at huge events including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, she’s become a household name in the UK and America, taking part in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars.

She will be joined by Britain’s leading tenor, Alfie Boe, on opening night. His story of finding fame is musical-worthy, having been discovered while singing opera on the production line of a car factory. Now best-known for his work in musical theatre, his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables gained him critical acclaim across the world. He also shares a Tony Award with his fellow cast members for Baz Luhrmann’s revival of La Bohème.

Tickets will go on sale on October 5 at AED550 for bronze, AED750 for silver and AED950 for gold. Those looking to take their Dubai Opera experience to a new level can opt for platinum seats at AED1,250 or VIP for AED2,500. There will also be box and VIP box seats available when booking.

Tickets will be sold via www.ticketmaster.ae and www.dubaiopera.com. For more information visit www.whitenightsdubai.com

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