Dubai Opera – opening night
We were thrilled to be asked to document the opening night for Dubai Opera. We met with the PR company – House of Comms and the team on-site along with Dubai Opera Chief Executive Jasper Hope to understand correctly shoot requirements and to check the site.
We were told ‘you will be the only Photographer in the building and we need images straight away to be used globally after the event’. It was a huge event for the city of Dubai and was a grand success with a performance by Placido Domingo. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was seen arriving at the venue, before the doors were thrown open to the anxiously waiting public.
Like everything else in Dubai, the 2,000-capacity venue blends modernity with tradition. The building’s design is inspired by Dubai’s long maritime history, with its dhow shape and other architectural elements referring to the country’s seafaring traditions.
Once you enter, you are mesmerised by the glass building, situated right at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. Inside, the breathtaking venue is perfectly polished and ready to host international shows. The leather seating and dark wood hues will immediately put you in the mood for a performance, which can vary from classical music, flamenco, Broadway musicals, to even sporting events and art exhibitions. See some of our images below.