Dubai Opera has announced that it will host the musical "Breaking Wings" in January in collaboration with Broadway Entertainment Group. The play, based on the story of the late Lebanese writer Gibran Khalil Gibran, published in 1912 and titled the same title, is the result of the collaboration of a team comprising co-authors Nadim Naaman and Dana Alfardan, director Bruna Lagan, producer Ali Matar, and music distributor Jo Davison. The play was premiered in London's West End in August 2018, at a fully sold-out concert, then landing in Lebanon, the hometown of the late author, and a success at the famous Beiteddine festivals in July.

Breaking Wings is a unique piece of contemporary music that reflects the richness of Arabic literature and philosophy, and aims to introduce audiences around the world to the beauty and complexity of art and performance in the Middle East.Dubai Opera is set to host three theatrical performances starting on 17 January.


Nadim Noaman, co-author of the play, said: “For many years, the Middle East has hosted tours of the most famous Western musicals and performances, but it is time to enjoy Middle Eastern heritage and culture on the stage and present it to the world.” “Gibran spent his life traveling between Mount Lebanon, Boston, Beirut, Paris and New York. Nadim Naaman, a British author of Lebanese descent, grew up in London and studied theater and performing arts at Warwick University, before continuing to study theater and music at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated from the Academy Diploma for outstanding performance and the Ronald William White Prize for excellence. Lyrical representation.

piece of art

Broadway Entertainment Group chief executive Liz Cobbs described the show as an internationally acclaimed masterpiece, portraying the suffering of immigration, emotional relationships and the identity crisis. The play highlights some of the key issues of the time, which remain controversial and interesting after more than a century, such as the issue of gender equality and freedom to choose a partner.

Two lovers are struggling

Khalil Gibran returns to Beirut at the beginning of the last century, when he returned to his homeland at the age of 18 after he was expelled in America for five years to study, to explore more about his heritage and culture. Fates want to fall in love with Salma Karami, the daughter of family friend and businessman Fares Karami, but she was soon engaged to Mansour Bek Ghalib, the nephew of the influential Archbishop Paul Ghalib, coveting her family's wealth. Here begins the struggle of Gibran and Salma to save their love from the influence of customs, traditions and expectations imposed on them by society.