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Welsh National Opera to perform Madam Butterfly, La bohème at Dubai Opera

Welsh National Opera will take part a pop-up opera event taking place in public spaces during the visit

Welsh National Opera to perform Madam Butterfly, La bohème at Dubai Opera
Welsh National Opera La bohème 2012 - Mimi (Anita Hartig), Rodolfo (Alex Vicens) (Image: Catherine Ashmore)

Welsh National Opera will perform two of Giacomo Puccini operas in Dubai next year.

The UK-based opera will perform Madam Butterfly from March 2-4, followed by La bohème from March 9-11 next year.

The performances are part of UK/UAE 2017, a year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council, involve Welsh National Opera working with schools and colleges across Dubai. Young people in the emirate will have the chance to take part in workshops and masterclasses with Welsh National Opera singers and orchestral players and will get to see behind the scenes of an opera company at open rehearsals.

Welsh National Opera will also be offering ‘Come and Sing’ workshops where anyone who enjoys singing can get involved, and a special Access All Arias – a pop-up opera event taking place in public spaces.

“It is an enormous privilege for Welsh National Opera to take part in the inaugural season of the magnificent Dubai Opera,” said David Pountney Welsh National Opera artistic director.

“We carry the passionate and emotional musicianship of Wales around the world, and it is a special honour to be entrusted with bringing the wonderful qualities of Puccini’s sublime operas to a new audience in the Gulf.

“We look forward to working with young and old in Dubai to convey the special transformative power of music and theatre.”

Jasper Hope, Dubai Opera chief executive  said Madam Butterfly and La bohème offer audiences everything that is magical about great opera productions.

“Their stories of love and loss are brought to life with some of the greatest arias ever written and the result is going to be two exquisite Puccini masterpieces to treat audiences in Dubai,” he said.

Tickets will go on sale for all performances on 9 November at 9am. For full details of both shows performed by WNO at Dubai Opera please visit: www.dubaiopera.com

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