With 35 new programmes and 55 performances scheduled from September 2017 to May 2018, this season will present both classic and modern works that will represent the future of opera
The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), one of Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture, has announced a line-up of performances for the forthcoming season, ‘2017-2018: A Legendary Season’. With 35 new programmes and 55 performances scheduled from September 2017 to May 2018, this season will present both classic and modern works that will represent the future of opera. After marking its sixth anniversary this year, the Royal Opera House Muscat will commence its seventh season with a range of productions in different genres – opera, concerts, ballet and dance, Arab performances, jazz, world music, musicals, education and special events.
The new season will open in September with Giuseppe Verdi’s grand masterpiece ‘Aida’, set in ancient Egypt and performed by world-class artists. Other highlights of the Opera performances include romantic and tragic works – Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Clowns); and operas such as Gioachino Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro (Opportunity Makes a Thief) and Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker). This season ROHM is presenting ‘Cinderella’ as ballet performed by Opera de Lyon. ‘Swan Lake’ will be performed in classical style by Astana Opera and the Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa conducted by Giuseppe Acquaviva. There will also be an unusual show ‘Concert-Ballet’, world music performance ‘Recital CanTango’, and musical ‘Peter Pan’, Omani and Arab performances among various others. There will also be a night of traditional dances by of one the world’s greatest folkdance companies, the Russian Igor Moiseyev Ballet.
Lubaina Sheerazi, India representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said, “The Royal Opera House located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, is one of a kind opera house in the Middle East which reflects contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate around 1,100 people. Watching a performance at the opulent state-of-the-art Royal Opera House in Muscat, where world class operas and musicians perform round the year; is a privilege one should not miss out on. The great lineup of performances in the upcoming season can be enjoyed by all age groups, and special performances like Cinderella, Peter Pan will mesmerise children.”
Opened in 2011, the opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions. Many acclaimed Indian artists like flautist Pandit Chaurasia, vocalist Pandit Jasraj, sitar star Niladri Kumar among others have performed there.