The Saudi Theater and Performing Arts Commission has announced the launch of the international ticketing website for Zarqa Al Yamama – the first-ever grand opera produced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Al-Bazie, CEO of the Theater and Performing Arts Commission, commented: “We are delighted to share this historic moment in Saudi Arabia’s cultural journey with international audiences. It is with great excitement that we introduce Zarqa Al Yamama, and welcome audiences from around the globe to discover this captivating tale. Zarqa Al Yamama represents a phenomenal opportunity to showcase the deep national heritage of the Saudi art scene, foster international cultural exchange, and launch a new, exciting generation of Saudi talent onto the world stage”.

Zarqa Al Yamama marks a cultural exchange phenomenon, bringing together local born talent with international stars. The libretto was created by the award-winning Saudi poet and playwright Saleh Zamanan. To bring his creation to the spotlight, The Theater and Performing Arts Commission has assembled a group of leading international classical music specialists and artists under the creative direction of Ivan Vukcevic and will deliver a world-class series of performances together with local Saudi talent.

Zarqa Al Yamama
Lee Bradshaw, Dame Sarah Connolly and Reemaz Oqbi

The original musical score is composed by Australian Lee Bradshaw, deriving his inspiration from the most iconic symphonies in classical music, in addition to elements of Arabic music. The principle vocal cast is led by world-acclaimed mezzo soprano, Dame Sarah Connolly who shares the stage with Saudi artists Khayran Alzahrani, Reemaz Oqbi and Sawsan Al-Bahiti, amongst other global and local stars, representing a milestone moment in the development of the Kingdom’s national music programme.

The opera will be performed by the acclaimed Dresdner Sinfoniker, led by internationally esteemed conductor Pablo González, and feature vocal accompaniments by the Czech Philharmonic Choir. World-renowned creative stage director Daniele Finzi Pasca, producer of major international arts events.

The landmark international production premieres at the King Fahad Cultural Centre, Riyadh, on Thursday 25th April.

Tickets for Zarqa Al Yamama can be booked via the official website:

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