The first Emirati opera will be launched at Dubai Expo 2020 and followed by a legacy tour to leading cities around the world.
Al Wasl will be a multilingual opera that tells the history of the emirate, spanning 4,000 years to the Umm Al Nar period.
The opera will feature global artists and musicians, who will perform to a score by Emirati composer Mohammed Fairouz and lyrics by author and librettist Maha Gargash.
Combining Emirati and global talent, 'Al Wasl' will span thousands of years, bringing to life the UAE’s rich heritage and sharing its innovative spirit with the world http://tinyurl.com/y6djrlj8
The two-hour production is being created in partnership with Welsh National Opera and will premiere in October next year at Dubai Opera, aligning with the official opening of Expo 2020.
Performed in both Arabic and English, it will feature a cast of at least 100 artists and musicians as well as a production team of 70 professionals.
In addition to the performance, organisers have developed educational and outreach initiatives including music master classes, performance opportunities, casting opportunities and courses in costume design and theatrical makeup.
Source: The National