Established by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as a gift to the people of Oman, the Royal Opera House Muscat is distinguished not only by its magnificent architectural beauty, but also by its state-of-the-art acoustics and technologies, writes Dr. Patricia Groves, ROHM’s Consulting Writer & Editor. (Photography by Khalid Al Busaidi).
Quickly gaining a reputation for diversity and world-class quality, since the Royal Inauguration in October 2011, Oman’s unique Opera House has presented many of the world’s greatest operas and ballets, as well as top-notch symphonic concerts, jazz bands, contemporary dance companies and cultural shows from around the world.
- With its symphony of arches and colonnades, the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is beautiful to behold during the day when the polished limestone cladding of the massive structure glows in the rays of the sun, and at night when the elegant architectural contours are subtly illuminated by thousands of lights.
- The ROHM Auditorium is innovatively designed as a flexible, multi-purpose facility, serving as both a concert hall and theatre, and changing from one physical configuration to the other, literally with the flick of switches. The Auditorium has a maximum seating capacity of 1,100.
- Set in formal landscaped gardens, the ROHM complex includes the main building with two graceful entrance halls, a palatial foyer called the Grand Hall, the Auditorium, and two elegant VIP lounges, a remarkably beautiful Royal Suite, rehearsal studios, dressing rooms and administrative offices. There’s also the Opera Galleria – ROHM’s flagship shopping and fine dining destination.
- For the month of April, the Royal Opera House Muscat celebrates Spring with Giselle, one of the world’s best loved Ballets, and a gorgeous shower of music from around the world. April opens with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Italy’s finest chamber orchestra, I Solisti Veneti with sand-painting illustrations by the amazing young Omani artist, Shayma Al Mughairy. In a highly acclaimed production by the American Ballet Theatre, Giselle is danced as never before. Next, the world-renowned Swingles sing a capella with mesmerising vocal effects and dazzling choreography. ROHM’s free Pipe Organ Symposium demonstrates the changing styles of music through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern Eras. Two nights later, ROHM’s magnificent pipe organ is played solo, with an orchestra, chamber groups, pianos and drums. What better way to end ROHM’s April music festival than with the great jazz singer songwriter, American jazz diva, Dee Dee Bridgewater, known for brilliant tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, as well as for creating new horizons in music.
The Royal Opera House Muscat is located on Al Kharjiyah Street, in the central Shatti Al Qurum district of Muscat. For more information including a description of all 2016/17 performances, please consult ROHM’s comprehensive website, www.rohmuscat.org.om
The Royal Opera House Muscat currently offers guided tours of the main theatre complex every day of the week from 8:30am until 2:00pm, except Fridays and public holidays. The cost is OMR 3 for Adults, OMR 1 for Children and OMR 2 for Groups.
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