For classical music lovers, the Abu Dhabi Classics season is the highlight of the year, and the line-up for the 2018/19 offering is possibly the best yet. There’s something about watching live ballet, opera or orchestras that’s undeniably magical. The eighth season of the festival also includes moving performances from solo harpists and pianists. We’re getting shivers just thinking about it.
So to help you organise exactly where you need to be and when, we’ve put together a guide to each brilliant act. Get ready to be blown away.
Bayreuth Festival – The Valkyrie
The Bayreuth Festival is renowned for its brilliant performances of Richard Wagner’s operas. The company’s acclaimed productions receive more than 500,000 ticket requests each year, despite only 60,000 being available. As you can probably imagine, this means the waiting lists can often be as long as nine or ten years. It therefore goes without saying that the chance to see the German composer’s The Valkyrie in the UAE capital is a very rare opportunity indeed. The first time the Bayreuth Festival has performed the opera outside of Germany, this is one of the clear highlights of the season.
Dhs385 (silver), Dhs545 (gold), Dhs845 (platinum), Dhs1,195 (diamond). Jan 30 and Feb 1, 7pm onwards. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).
Camerata Salzburg Orchestra with Renaud Capuçon
The schedule is kicked off in a suitably fabulous style with what promises to be an unforgettable performance from the Camerata Salzburg orchestra and violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon. Although the famous orchestra and admired musician have performed together many times, this is the first time they have played Erik Satie’s Gnossiennes and Mozart’s Violin Concertos 4 and 5 in one evening. The concert will also feature famous works from the Viennese classical period, as if you needed any more incentive to book.
Dhs195 (gold), Dhs295 (platinum), Dhs395 (diamond). Oct 12, 8pm onwards. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).
La Scala Academy Rising Stars
The Academia Teatro alla Scala is recognised as one of the world’s top performing arts schools. Hailing from Milan, Italy, it is bringing its finest young ballet talents to the capital for one night only. Gracing the Emirates Palace stage, they will be treating us to performances of Suite from Bayadère, followed by Gymnopédies and Napoli. Don’t miss it.
Dhs195 (gold), Dhs295 (platinum), Dhs395 (diamond). Nov 9 8pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 9000).
Ran Jia – Solo Piano Recital
The solo pianist is the returning to the city, and we couldn’t be more excited. The young Chinese artist is renowned throughout the world for the amazing way she interprets music. This time she will be performing Schubert’s Sonata in D major D850, Jia Daqun’s Three Preludes for Solo Piano and Schubert’s Sonata in B flat major 960.
Dhs100 (platinum), Dhs250 (diamond). Apr 19, 8pm onwards. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island (02 657 5800).
Xavier de Maistre
For his first appearance in the UAE, harpist Xavier de Maistre will play two different Abu Dhabi venues: Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island and Bin Hamoodah Fort in Al Ain. The first recital, Spanish Nights, will feature works from Albéniz, Granados andde Falla, while the second, entitled In the Heart of the Oasis, includes works from Debussy, Fauré and many others.
- Harp Recital 1. Dhs100 (platinum), Dhs250 (diamond). Dec 6, 8pm onwards. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island (02 657 5800).
- Harp Recital 2. Dhs100 (platinum), Dhs250 (diamond). Dec 7, 8pm onwards. Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain.
Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. A limited number of student tickets are available for each performance. Student ID must be presented upon entry.