Muscat: With Royal Blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) patronised over the opening ceremony of the House of Musical Arts.
Upon arrival to the venue, Sayyid Fahd was received by members of the Higher Committee for the ROHM. Sayyid Fahd then unveiled the plaque marking the opening of the Muscat Art House. Sayyid Fahd then shook hands with a number of those in charge of the House.
A musical performance has been staged on the House of Musical Arts’ stage in the presence of a number of officials, renowned figures from the Sultanate and a number of countries alongside with heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to the Sultanate.
The music ceremony included a number of music performances from the Sultanate and the rest of the world. The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Opera Singing Team and Hamasi Singing Team participated in the first part of the programme with a number of performances of which some were from the Omani art heritage.
The second part included performances from the global opera masterpieces by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with the participation of Nino Machaidze, the Georgian operatic soprano and Ramón Vargas, the Mexican operatic tenor.
The Royal Opera House Muscat issued the following statement:
“The opening of the House of Musical Arts is an important event as it contributes to implementing the vision and care for arts and culture by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. It is a new addition to the Royal Opera House Muscat which was opened eight years ago to promote arts and enhance cultural dialogue with countries that have rich art heritage in a bid to cement the art and culture cooperation with them.
The ROHM has contributed to showcasing the Sultanate’s ability to host art and culture events as per world-class standards.
Since ROHM’s inception, a large number of opera performances and concerts from the world heritage were staged in it. ROHM also hosted many other cultural events that took into consideration the needs of the emerging generation. Since its launch and till date, the ROHM has achieved success thanks to the efforts it makes and the performances that have received recognition from everyone.
The establishment of the House of Musical Arts came to achieve integration with what is provided by the ROHM by focusing on the other cultural areas through the permanent cultural exhibition at which modern technologies are used beside the visiting exhibitions and cultural lectures that cast light on the development of arts through age and its connection with the diversity in this field the world is witnessing in all epochs.
The building House of Musical Arts, which is located parallel to the ROHM across the street, reflects the elegance of the place. The bridge across the street links the two complexes that are known for their architecture which mixes the architecture of the East, the West and the traditional and modern architectures.
The building maintains the heritage architecture while adopting modern technologies – as it is the case with what in the ROHM in terms of architecture, wide use of wood, marble, designs inspired from Arabian patterns with Omani style as shown in the wooden door, aisles and the Islamic art inspired decorations. This ambient atmosphere makes visitors feel warmth and happiness.
The establishment of the House of Musical Arts aims at having a vital facility that host more art and musical performances. The House of Musical Arts’ stage will support the cultural events and the opera performances from the past.
It will also be suitable venue for a number of events as the theatre is designed in a way that helps it meeting the needs of the various performances.
The House of Musical Arts includes a stone courtyard surrounded with big arches, fresh-air ventilated lobbies that provides the place with vitality. The yard allows improvised performances. The House of Musical Arts also includes a music library, research archives, a cultural centre, the permanent exhibition and the specialised lobbies that host the visiting exhibitions.