EUYO residency at Dubai Opera



The EUYO is pleased to announce a major residency at the new Dubai Opera from 5 -13 April 2018. In a wide-ranging series of open rehearsals, outreach events and concerts, the Orchestra's residency will engage a diverse group of audiences from the most formal to the most informal, and include work with young musicians resident in Dubai and the UAE. The Orchestra will travel as a cultural ambassador for the EU with musicians from all 28 EU member states.

The concert programmes will be conducted by the Orchestra's Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, and will include piano concertos with the critically acclaimed young Jordanian pianist soloist Karim Said. A series of open rehearsals, workshops and side by side work with young UAE musicians will include initiatives developed as part of the Orchestra's Creative Europe programme, including the EUYO's innovative Close Up project. Full details of the education programme will be announced in the coming months. The concert performances will include the following programmes:


12 April 2018

Maurice Ravel La Valse

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade Op.35


13 April 2018

Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27


Jasper Hope, Chief Executive at Dubai Opera, commented: “These concerts by the European Union Youth Orchestra next April are a fantastic opportunity for UAE audiences to hear an outstanding ensemble perform two wonderful programmes and, thanks to a series of educational workshops we’ll be running alongside the shows, also a once in a lifetime chance for young musicians in the UAE to gain invaluable skills and expertise through cultural exchange with some of Europe’s musical stars of the future.”

Marshall Marcus, Chief Executive of the European Union Youth Orchestra said "It is a great honour to represent the 28 nations of the European Union in a major education residency and performance sat Dubai Opera, the stunningly impressive new addition to the UAE's cultural scene. The Orchestra will be bringing its trademark energy and dynamism to a whole variety of new Dubai audiences, and we look forward to these performances with tremendous anticipation”.

Dubai Opera is a truly unique venue and the city’s first purpose built multi-format performing arts theatre, situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai. With an iconic dhow shaped design rooted in Emirati heritage, Dubai Opera offers the ultimate flexibility of a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert  hall  and  a  2000m2  flat  floor  event  space,  and  is  the  definitive  destination  for quality entertainment productions and performances. Dubai Opera's stage hosts an incredible array of world-class talent, with opera, ballet and classical music concerts and productions at the core,  Dubai Opera also stages musical theatre, fashion shows, jazz, comedy, family shows and a full range of live entertainment.


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