Travel Oman: Royal Opera House is a must-see for music and architecture

Oman Saturday 07/September/2019 20:57 PM
By: Times News Service

Whether you live in Oman or have come here as a tourist, the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is a must-see for those who seek out music, culture, architecture and the fine arts. The ROHM is a fitting place for it to be shared with music lovers in Oman, especially Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which is widely considered one of the finest pieces of classical music to have been created.
ROHM features pieces composed by some of the finest artists the world has ever known, recreated flawlessly and spellbindingly by orchestras that come to Muscat to perform in this iconic venue.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, “the vision of the Opera House is to serve as a centre of excellence in global cultural engagement. We strive to enrich lives through diverse artistic, cultural, and educational programs. The multidisciplinary work of Royal Opera House Muscat showcases rich and diverse artistic creations from Oman, the region, and the world.
“It provides a space for culture and socioeconomic development reflections and actions, inspires audiences and nurtures creativity with innovative programmes, fosters cultural vitality and unleashes talent, promotes cultural tourism, and puts cultural diplomacy into practice by reinvigorating global and multi-disciplinary collaborations and exchanges,” added the ministry.
ROHM features an eclectic collection of English and Arabic performances that range from classical compositions to theatrical masterpieces, during its season which runs from September to about June or July. Other performances include compositions featuring military bands and commemorative shows to mark iconic days in the Sultanate’s history.
According to tour operators Big Bus, which organise regular tours to and from the Royal Opera House Muscat, “The Royal Opera House was commissioned on the royal orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to reflect contemporary Omani architecture. The building houses the main concert theatre and state-of-the-art auditorium as well as landscaped formal gardens, luxury retail options, restaurants, and an arts production centre. It’s an ambitious crescendo of diverse creativity, all under one roof.”