Royal Opera House Muscat

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture. The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat on Sultan Qaboos Street. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.[1]

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat is located in Oman
Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat
Location within Oman
General information
TypeArts Complex
Architectural styleIslamic architecture
Italianate architecture
LocationMuscat, Oman
Construction started2007
OpenedOctober 12, 2011
Design and construction
Main contractorCarillion Alawi

History edit

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, who was the ruler of Oman during the opera construction, had been always a fan of classical music and arts. In 2001, the sultan ordered the building of an opera house. Initially called 'House of Musical Arts', the name 'Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM)' was finally chosen.[2] This opera house, which was built by Carillion Alawi,[3] became the first in the world equipped with Radio Marconi's multimedia interactive display seatback system, Mode23.[4] It was officially opened on October 12, 2011, with a production of the opera Turandot, conducted by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.[5]

Prominent guests edit

The opera house had an impressive first season, with performances by Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, and soprano Renée Fleming. There have also been music performances by world-renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre in a production of Don Quixote, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, the performance of Swan Lake by the Mariinsky Ballet, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. There have been some Arab artists performing at the opera house as well such as Majida El Roumi as well as a tribute in honour of legendary Arab singer Um Kalthoum. In March 2013, Indian violin icon L. Subramaniam performed at the opera house and described it as the only orchestra in the Middle East composed entirely of musicians from the region.[6]

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Royal Opera House Interior, Muscat, Google Streetview". Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ "Oman's music-loving sultan makes vision reality". The Independent. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Carillion Alawi wins big at CW Awards - Oman". Construction Week. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Radio Marconi installed its Mode23 award winner technology within the Royal Opera House in Muscat". Radio Marconi. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Performances". Royal Opera House Muscat. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Dr.L Subramaniam performs at Royal Opera house, Muscat". The Times of India. 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.

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