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A Night at the Opera: Royal Opera House Muscat

October 22, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The capital city of Oman, Muscat has a long and rich history that traces back thousands of years, yet one of its  best feats is the installation of the first, one and only, Opera House in the Arabian Peninsula.

Established by Royal Decree, Royal Opera House Muscat is an influential arts and culture platform that enhances Oman’s international reputation and reinforces its niche offerings. The organization serves as a laboratory for creativity and intellectual exchanges; and its high-tech venue pays tribute to and presents diverse artistic and cultural expressions from the Sultanate, the region, and the world.

Opera House_Nikola SarbinowskiA towering beacon shedding light on the various trends of the Renaissance march towards growth, Royal Opera House Muscat is an illustration of the undivided attention that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has devoted to the cultural sector since the new dawn of the Sultanate. His Majesty has repeatedly asserted that the human being is not only the ultimate goal of any development process, but also its instrument and means. Therefore, sustained investment in educational and cultural infrastructures to promote the wellbeing of the Omani citizens, while strengthening the pillars of the modern State, is a high priority on the list of noble goals that His Majesty seeks to achieve.

Royal Opera House MuscatFrom this perspective and in order to promote the Sultanate’s cultural heritage and artistic engagement, Royal Directives were issued to develop a set of structures to broaden people’s participation in cultural life. Royal Opera House Muscat has emerged as the leading open house for arts and culture in the country. It was initially conceived in 2001 as the house for musical arts and its development over a decade underwent several changes reflecting the modernist vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and other requirements that enabled the Royal Court Affairs, with the assistance of various technical experts, to build what is now viewed as a milestone in the evolution of an Omani architectural style.

The newly completed building is a fusion of Omani tradition and modernity. The construction of this iconic and majestic Royal Opera House Muscat building with stunning handmade ornaments, including the sophistication of its rich interior, is in many ways an embodiment of such complexity and multiplicity of references witnessed in Omani architecture.

Royal-Opera-House-2The unique style, grace and elegance of the building design cannot be described rather needs to be experienced. The smell of frankincense, the silky touch of the teak wood balustrades, the glamour of the individual concert halls featuring innovative Marconi technology that simultaneously translates the performance for you.

Tickets to the many, varied performances from ballet, opera, and jazz to world music are available to be purchased online. Past performers have been Diana Krall, Youssou N’Dour, Andrea Bocelli and the Russian Ballet. The new 2014 – 2015 season program has just been released and features a bold flamenco repertoire including Paco Pena and famous Spanish guitarist, Tomatito. Tickets start as low as from $27, have a look:http://www.rohmuscat.org.om/performances

If you can’t squeeze in a night at the Opera, then a tour of the vast estate is highly recommended. Daily tours of the Royal Opera House take place between 08.30am – 10.30am.

One thing is certain – be sure to incorporate the Royal Opera House on your itinerary on your next dalliance into the Middle East.

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