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    Al Wasl Opera

    The first ever Emirati opera

    In a cultural milestone for the UAE, Expo 2020 Dubai has commissioned the nation's first opera.
    The people behind Al Wasl Opera
    Combining Emirati and global talent, Al Wasl will span thousands of years, bringing to life the UAE’s rich history and sharing its innovative spirit with the world.
    Mohammed Fairouz - Composer

    “There is nothing more universal than opera and the theater in that way, to bring people together. I figured that if people can laugh together, cry together then anything is possible between them. They know one another in that moment.”

    Meet Mohammed
    Maha Gargash - Librettist

    “I think it is going to be beautiful. It is beautiful. I mean, the words say so much and I think with the addition of the music and the actual performance, it should be mind-blowing, I mean, we do not want to settle for anything less.”

    Meet Maha
    Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy

    UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau

    “We wanted to create something new for Expo 2020 Dubai that reflects the dynamic, diverse, and tolerant nature of contemporary UAE and our deep-rooted culture and heritage. A new opera, the first for Emirati culture, is in many ways the perfect way for us to do this.”

    Education and Outreach Initiatives

    • Al Wasl Opera - Expo 2020 Dubai
      Opera workshops for school children and teachers

      The world-renowned Welsh National Opera has designed a series of workshops: one targeted to school children, and another specially designed for teachers. Find out more about the two workshops and how you can participate.

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    • Choir singing in the desert
      Nasheed Al Wasl

      Making Al Wasl Opera open and accessible to children, Nasheed Al Wasl is a 30-minute children’s choral concert accompanied by a professional orchestra that will be performing at Expo 2020 Dubai. Find out how you can register your school choirs to join.

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