Curtain up in Abu Dhabi

WT Writer
Oct 1, 2018
Music and dance enthusiasts are descending on the UAE capital this month to kick-start the new season of Abu Dhabi Classics concerts


The vibrant arts and culture scene in the UAE capital has a musical focus from October, as the Abu Dhabi Classics series of concerts enters its eighth season.

Every year from October to April, giants of the performing arts world from East to West are invited to perform in the opulent setting of the Emirates Palace auditorium, the stunning Manarat Al Saadiyat arts complex on Saadiyat Island, and within the walls of Al Ain’s historic Bin Hamoodah Fort.

This year’s line-up of high profile concerts is no less impressive and kicking off the season on 12 October at Emirates Palace is the Camerata Salzburg Orchestra and acclaimed violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, who will perform Mozart’s Violin Concertos No.4 and No.5 and Gnossiennes, an exhilarating piece of work by early 20th century minimalist composer, Erik Satie.

Emerging talent is also given a platform to perform in front of an appreciative international audience with the La Scala Academy Rising Stars ballet company taking to the Emirates Palace stage on 9 November for a trio of performances. First performed by the Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia in 1877, La Bayadère will headline the evening with excerpts from Gymnopedie and Danish ballet, Napoli, creating a truly cross-cultural experience.

The lilting sounds of the classic harp and strains of the grand piano have their turn in December with a brace of concerts featuring renowned French harpist Xavier de Maistre, who will perform at Manarat Al Saadiyat on 6 December and in the unique outdoor courtyard setting of Al Ain’s Bin Hamoodah Fort.

Abu Dhabi will also make history in 2019. Set to be the highlight of this season of Abu Dhabi Classics, Bayreuth Festival artistic director Katharina Wagner, the great-granddaughter of legendary 19th century German composer Richard Wagner, will lead the international opera debut of Wagner’s The Valkyrie – the first time ever that this has been performed outside Germany. 

With only 60,000 tickets sold each year and a decade-long waiting list to attend a Wagner opera performance, fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bag a seat with two exclusive performances in January and February at Emirates Palace. In tandem with the musical drama unfolding on stage, concert-goers will be treated to a feature-length film, directed by Katharina Wagner, as a backdrop to the main event.

The hottest ticket on the emirate’s classical music and performing arts scene with three amazing locations and seven spectacular concerts to choose from, don’t miss your chance to be part of this new season. 

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