Based on Sheikh Zayed’s vision for a green desert, a new work featuring two opera singers and eighty school children.

Explore the late Sheikh Zayed’s vision of a green desert, in an opera that embraces music, drama, movement, design and film.

Following the success of A Beautiful World in late 2016, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi school presents its second opera project. Acclaimed director Karen Gillingham returns with her world renowned creative team for Water in the Desert: A Zayed Legacy in celebration of the Year of Zayed.

See the previous opera, A Beautiful World, presented in 2016


  • Karen Gillingham (Director/Artistic Director )
  • Hannah Conway (Composer/Music Director)
  • Natasha Khamjani (Choreographer)
  • Rhiannon Newman-Brown (Designer)
  • Peter Cant (Librettist)
  • Robert Gildon (Baritone)

  • Nazan Fikret (Soprano)
  • Magali Charrier (Designer Videographer)
  • Susan Hamilton (Producer)