Tchaikovsky’s Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker, is on Ice at Dubai Opera

One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker (1892), is coming on 06 December – 10 December 2016 to Dubai Opera that, for the occasion, will transform in a characteristic ice-skating rink.

The Nutcracker on Ice, provided by the multi-awarded ice-skating company The Imperial Ice Stars is a one-of-a-kind performance with figure-skating dancers performing various acts and scenes found in the ballet on the musical notes of Tchaikovsky. This well-loved classic tale—including adventures of the Mouse King, the enchanted Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy—presents a world of enchantment.

This ice skating show is an abridged version (approx. 2-hours) of the classic ballet that has become a kind of annual Christmas ritual in many American and Canadian cities.

The cast includes World, European and National Championship level ice skaters who will perform scenes from The Nutcracker at Dubai Opera choreographed with an original mixture of ballet and modern dance.

The two-act ballet in three scenes will be accompanied by a large live orchestra; a choral part is to be performed by an operatic chorus, and various scenes will also include a vocal narration of the plot. Musical numbers will be performed by ice dancers who will grace the ice with their spins, spirals, lifts, jumps, steps, turns, and step sequences while wearing theatrical costumes— all under the glow of the Holiday lights and the magical special effects of a captivating, complex choreography.

If the leading performers of ice skating in the intimacy of the Dubai Opera sound entertaining, then do consider this a good occasion to celebrate the season with cheerful festivities. Through the years, The Nutcracker on Ice is a show that has attracted millions of viewers and received much recognition with outstanding international reviews ever since it has become a perennial Christmas favorite with its imaginative storytelling through ice dance and drama. The Nutcracker on Ice show will thrill and enchant spectators of all ages.

Tickets are available at the Dubai Opera Box Office, which is located on the Opera Plaza on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, or via the official Dubai Opera ticketing website at


Dec. 6, 2016 – 7:00PM

Dec. 7, 2016 – 4:00PM, 7:30PM

Dec. 8, 2016 – 4:00PM, 7:30PM

Dec. 9, 2016 – 3:00PM, 7:00PM

Dec. 10,2017 – 3:00PM, 7:00PM

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Tchaikovsky’s Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker, is on Ice at Dubai Opera

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