(K. Brent Tomer),
DUBAI, renowned across the world for its oil wealth, now wants to forge a reputation for the arts. In recent years, the emirate has built several contemporary art galleries including Artspace and the Mottahedan Projects. Now, construction crews are putting the final touches on a striking building designed by Janus Rostock, a Danish architect. Featuring a protruding roof on top of a window-covered oval building, the edifice is the 2,000-seat Dubai Opera House, in their own words a “radiant centre of culture and arts” in the “shining pearl of The Opera District”.
When a concert hall for classical music is built in a metropolis such as London—as the British government has said it intends to do—it is big news, though mostly to that area’s classical-music lovers. When a city (or city-state) like Dubai, with no history of Western classical music, builds one, it is major news to classical music lovers and…Continue reading