Witness Messiah, the crowning achievement of the renowned composer George Frideric Handel, as the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre Orchestra and Dubai Opera Festival Chorus bring the 18th-century oratorio to life. With a crew of over 200 members, the orchestra is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Why Watch Handel's Messiah
Composed by George Frideric Handel, Messiah is an oratorio in English that was compiled with the help of Charles Jennens. It had a very modest opening, but soon gained in popularity and went on to become one of the most well-known and popular pieces of choral works in Western classical music.
The original was written for just nine instruments, although modern renditions are much larger scale in nature. Handel’s composition stood from his other oratorios since it was characterized by an orchestral restraint. The use of trumpets was limited, and the opening is dominated by solo and instrumental performances. Handel’s Messiah is all set to deliver an uplifting message following the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater performances of the Nutcracker in the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
The 200 strong crew of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater Orchestra is breathtaking to hear in person. Set in the magnificent Dubai Opera, the acoustics are top notch, and you can hear almost every instrument being played if you focus. The solo performances are beautiful, and Handel’s genius can be experienced through the performance of the orchestral musicians. The chorus follows the story of Jesus Christ and his coming as the Messiah. Part 2 covers the death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension. The third act covers the day of judgment, and the ultimate triumphal over death and sin. Follow the story of Christ as it is set to an unforgettable score by the legendary Handel.
Lovers of Classical Music | Fans of Handel
Know Before You Go
The Dubai Opera has a seating capacity of 2000. The seating plan can be found here
Seats cannot be reserved before arrival and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under the age of 2 are not admitted into the Dubai Opera.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
How to Redeem Your Tickets
Your mobile tickets will be sent to your email. Please show the mobile voucher at the tickets section in the Dubai Opera along with a valid photo ID to enter the Opera theater.
Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Get off at Dubai Mall Metro Station using buses D01, D03A, F13. Then take the walkway to Dubai Opera along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.
Get off at Burj Khalifa station on the red line. Take the walkway from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard to Dubai Opera. Please note that walking time is approximately 25 minutes.