Dubai Opera Hosts Historic La Scala Gala: A Musical Feast During COP28
Dubai Opera is set to make history on December 1st, 2023, as it welcomes the prestigious Teatro alla Scala Orchestra from Milan for an extraordinary Gala Concert. This cultural extravaganza, titled "Concert for Tomorrow," is not only a first in the United Arab Emirates but also aligns with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.
The Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Michele Gamba, will be joined by the globally acclaimed soprano Aida Garifullina and esteemed Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo. This exceptional evening promises a repertoire featuring masterpieces from the iconic composers Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Donizetti.
In a groundbreaking collaboration supported by Plenitude, in association with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of Culture, the gala aims to foster cultural exchange and raise awareness about environmental issues during COP28.
The La Scala Gala at Dubai Opera promises to captivate audiences with a carefully curated program, featuring symphonic compositions from Nabucco, interludes from Cavalleria Rusticana and Manon Lescaut, and beloved arias and duets from Traviata, Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, and Rigoletto. The event will showcase the talents of soprano Aida Garifullina and tenor Vittorio Grigolo, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
Dominique Meyer, Superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala Foundation, remarked: “I am profoundly delighted that the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra will make its debut at the Dubai Opera. We look forward to presenting masterpieces by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, whose centenary commemorations are on the horizon. These composers embody the tradition and essence of our theatre, and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra shall render their works with an unmistakable resonance and fervour. On the podium, we shall have the youthful yet accomplished conductor, Michele Gamba, who has previously led numerous productions at La Scala and other eminent theaters. Additionally, internationally acclaimed vocalists, Aida Garifullina and Vittorio Grigolo, shall grace us with their exceptional talents. Equally momentous is the context of this concert: La Scala shares concerns about the perils of global warming and is steadfast in its commitment to an actionable plan for energy efficiency and resource optimisation, already bearing fruitful outcomes.”
An Opera Experience Like No Other
This unmissable operatic soirée reinforces the cultural and amicable bonds between Italy, Dubai, and the Emirates, as it serves as a platform for the exchange of art, beauty, a penchant for innovation, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence in every sphere, as underscored by Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy: “Since my arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I have strongly promoted cultural diplomacy through the organization of major initiatives that can showcase our excellences and increase Italy’s attractiveness around the world. The extraordinary concert by La Scala from Milan fits perfectly into this framework. We are convinced that culture, in these difficult times, is a precious tool to foster dialogue and open new bridges of collaboration. I am delighted that our Emirati friends will be able to experience first-hand, in the splendid setting of the Dubai Opera House, the musical excellence of La Scala. This is just one example of the vitality of our bilateral relations, which we want to further strengthen in every area.”
Arts at the Forefront of Global Consciousness
Gennaro Sangiuliano, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Italy, remarked: “The concert of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra at Dubai Opera is going to be an extraordinary show, celebrating the friendship between Italy and the United Arab Emirates and bringing inspiration to the delegates at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP28). Music touches the deepest chords of the human soul and brings people together. With the world facing one of the key challenges of our time, Italy is happy to put its cultural excellence at the service of dialogue between nations.”
His Excellency Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “The UAE has made steady steps to enhance its position as a global cultural hub that empowers creativity and provides a platform for world-class exhibitions, art and cultural events. This well-deserved status can be attributed to the strategic vision of our future-facing leadership, who have been investing in building a robust cultural and creative ecosystem in the country.” HE added: “This collaboration stems from a deep desire to bring the best cultural offerings from around the world and to enrich the local creative landscape of the country. It also reflects on the strong and friendly ties between the UAE and Italy.”
Dubai: A Mosaic of Cultures and Artistic Endeavour
Dubai is rapidly emerging as an unparalleled platform for fostering intercultural dialogue and celebrating artistic eminence. Her Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: “Nestled within Dubai's cultural tapestry, ‘Concert for Tomorrow’ represents the fusion of cultures in our city, where the arts flourish, and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors drive artistic excellence. The inspiration it ignites in our city's opera aficionados and music enthusiasts is of great importance. Dubai Culture is proud to take part in another event that promises enrichment and captivation, reinforcing our commitment to fostering a dynamic, high-achieving, and inclusive arts community, aligned with Dubai's cultural vision of being a global centre for culture, and incubator for creativity and a thriving hub for talent.”
Commenting on this momentous occasion, Paolo Petrocelli, Head of Dubai Opera, stated: “In just a few short years since its inauguration, Dubai Opera has not only asserted itself as a cultural beacon within the Gulf region, but has also emerged as a shining star in the Middle Eastern arts landscape. We are immensely proud to include within our upcoming artistic season such a profoundly significant and culturally enriching event, confirming our growing commitment to promote and celebrate international artistic excellence within the Arab world.”
The event is supported by Plenitude, Eni's Benefit Corporation, recognizing the importance of music, art, and culture in community development.
As Dubai emerges as a global platform for intercultural dialogue and artistic brilliance, "Concert for Tomorrow" stands out as a testament to the city's commitment to fostering creativity and celebrating international artistic excellence.
Don't miss this historic musical feast at Dubai Opera, where the symphony of La Scala meets the vibrant culture of the Emirates. Join us on December 1st, 2023, for an evening that transcends borders, celebrating the magic of music in the heart of Dubai.