World’s Most Popular Operatic Pop Group Perform for the first time in Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010. Tickets are going on sale today.

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Abu Dhabi , UAE – March 2, 2010: 

Flash Entertainment, the Abu Dhabi-based live events organisers, today announced a date for an Il Divo concert – due to take place at Emirates Palace, West Park on 2nd April and showcased as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010.

Combining all of the popular appeal of previous Flash Entertainment events such as Rihanna and Coldplay, along with the classical gravitas of Andrea Bocelli; the Il Divo concert promises to shatter preconceived ideas of music with a performance of romantic and popular songs in an operatic style. The talented quartet will showcase their most recent album; ‘The Promise‘, with versions of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ and ABBA’s ‘Winner Takes It All’ alongside much loved classics such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Adagio’. The album combines semi-orchestral arrangements and close harmonies to create a confident and accomplished collection.

“We’re determined to keep raising the bar for entertainment in Abu Dhabi, with a wide range of acts and events throughout the year. This concert will bring something completely new to the capital, bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture and introducing the younger generations to a whole new style of music”, commented John Lickrish, Managing Director of Flash Entertainment. “Flash is committed to bringing the world’s leading performers to the capital, whether from the sporting arenas or the world of performing arts, to put Abu Dhabi on the map as a hub for entertainment and culture.

Il Divo was formed in 2004 as a multinational operatic pop vocal group, with members from Switzerland, the USA, Spain and France. Il Divo has since become the most successful international break out story of the past few years, selling more than 25million albums. Conquering the hearts of fans and the charts of nations all around the world, the group has garnered over 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries. They have performed for over 2 million people on their recent tours and won last year’s Billboard Breakthrough Award for having one of the year’s top grossing tours; playing 130 arena shows across six continents.

Echoing the cultural diversity of Abu Dhabi itself, Il Divo’s music appeals to every nationality, whilst simultaneously introducing lovers of popular music to the operatic style. Sebastien Izambard from Il Divo stated “We’re really excited to be finally making it to Abu Dhabi and playing this special show as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival. Our first experience in the UAE was in Dubai which we loved, and a couple of us have even been back for holidays, so we’re really keen to learn more about the community there and be part of this special arts and cultural festival.”

The concert will take place during the renowned Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, which aims to provide a platform to fuse world-class performances from the masters of the arts world today with cultural local vision and a depth of community spirit. In showcasing Il Divo, Flash Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation will be working together for the second time as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, after previously presenting the successful Andrea Bocelli concert in the grounds of Emirates Palace, attracting an audience of over 11,000.

“One of the key missions of the Abu Dhabi Festival is to encourage everyone to embrace culture and the arts, in order to lay a strong foundation for the development of Abu Dhabi as a cultural center for the region and a key player in the international arts world,” commented H.E Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation.

“Singers such as Il Divo, whose work spans the worlds of opera and popular music, provide a beautiful introduction to the joys of operatic technique. I look forward to working with Flash again this year to take the spirit of the Abu Dhabi Festival to a wider audience.”

The Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 runs from 20 March to 7 April 2010 and events will primarily be hosted at the Emirates Palace.

Il Divo in concert, Live in Abu Dhabi is sponsored by Aldar, Du and Etihad Airways and supported by Marina Mall, Synaxis Media,Time Out Abu Dhabi, Showtime, Radio 2, ENG and Emirates Palace.

Il Divo in Concert, live in Abu Dhabi is an all-seated concert with tickets on sale from today, Tuesday March 2nd, across four categories; Diamond at AED 1,295, Pearl at AED 995, Coral at AED 595 and Grand Stand seats at AED 345. Tickets are available from, http://www.boxofficeme.com, http://www.timeouttickets.com, http://www.ticketingboxoffice.com and Virgin

Megastore outlets across the UAE. For more information on the event, please go to http://www.thinkflash.ae/ildivo.

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