Following the success of A Beautiful World in late 2016, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi presents its second opera project. Acclaimed director Karen Gillingham returns with her world-renowned creative team for Water in the Desert: A Zayed Legacy. An opera that embraces music, drama, movement, design, and film with a cast of two professional opera singers accompanied by over 80 school children.

Presented in partnership with the Cranleigh Abu Dhabi School and the Ministry of Tolerance UAE.


  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30pm
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, 4pm
  • Karen Gillingham, Director, Artistic Director
  • Hannah Conway, Composer, Music Director
  • Natasha Khamjani, Choreographer
  • Rhiannon Newman-Brown, Designer
  • Peter Cant, Librettist
  • Robert Gildon, Baritone
  • Natalie Montakhab, Soprano
  • Magali Charrier, Designer Videographer
  • Susan Hamilton, Producer

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