Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra to perform at Dubai Opera

South Korean violinist Lim Ji-young and French pianist Remi Geniet will also perform in a separate show at the venue

Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday, September 20, 2014.This image:Joseph Calleja (Macduff).(Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)
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New and seasoned talents will appear at Dubai Opera in June.

The Downtown Dubai venue will host a pair of concerts next month featuring a Grammy Award-nominee and the winners of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition, a contest that celebrates violinists and pianists.

Taking to the stage on Saturday, June 19 is Joseph Calleja. The Maltese tenor is a successful recording artist, clocking up top placings on the US classical music charts.

He also has a Grammy nomination to his name for the DVD recording of his role in London's Royal Opera House production of La Traviata with US soprano Renee Fleming, as well as last year's well-received album The Magic of Mantovani.

Tickets for the concert start at Dh295.

The next night, Sunday, June 20, belongs to the stars of the future.

South Korean violinist Lim Ji-young and French pianist Remi Geniet, winners of the Belgium-held Queen Elisabeth competition in 2015 and 2013 respectively, will showcase their talent with pieces by German composer Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary Ukrainian composer Alexey Shor.

Tickets for this show start at Dh250.

Both concerts will feature the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of artistic director Sergey Smbatyan.

The shows come as Dubai begins to relax Covid restrictions to stem its spread after a fall in daily case numbers.

These include pubs, bars and some night clubs being open for vaccinated patrons and live music entertainment provided by vaccinated performers.

While Dubai Opera's online list of safety measures does not require patrons to be fully vaccinated at present, visitors should check the venue's website for updates.


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