September 14, the day Royal Opera House Muscat begins its fabulous new season
The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will launch its exciting new season on September 14.
Presenting over 40 outstanding Arabic and international events by world-class artistes and companies, audiences are invited to experience exceptional selections of opera, symphonic music, Arabic tarab, family shows, ballet, jazz and Omani military music. 'The season will explore both outstanding contemporary music and the acclaimed traditional classical arts whose enduring popularity is showcased through the works of some of the world’s most celebrated composers and librettists,' a press release stated.
ROHM opens its season this month with a programme reflecting diverse nationalities and cultures making it one of the most unique arts organisations in the world.
The Barber of Seville (September 14, 16 and 18)
Gioacchino Rossini’s comic operatic masterpiece The Barber of Seville (composed in 1816) launches ROHM’s season. Performed by Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Italy, this will be the first time Rossini’s opera has been presented in the region.
This sparkling comedy, full of wit and energy, tells the story of Count Almaviva who has fallen in love with a mysterious woman he met in Madrid and followed her to Seville. When he learns that she is engaged to marry her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he asks the cunning barber Figaro to help him win her hand. One of the most popular operas in the world, Rossini’s wily barber has been delighting audiences for almost 200 years. This season’s production will be led by Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing alongside an international cast including tenor Juan Francisco Gatell, Mezzo-soprano Geraldine Chauvet and baritone Simone Alberghini who will perform the role of the famous barber Figaro.
A Verdi Celebration (September 19)
ROHM and Teatro San Carlo will also be celebrating the works of one of the world’s most renowned opera composers Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) whose bicentennial year is being celebrated worldwide. To mark this milestone, ROHM is presenting excerpts from Verdi’s great masterpieces in concert including Macbeth, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, Don Carlo and Otello which will be performed by acclaimed international soloists alongside the orchestra and chorus of Teatro San Carlo and conducted by Maestro Lang-Lessing.
The National Ballet of Uruguay (September 25 and 26)
The first ballet company performing at ROHM this season will have a Latin touch. The National Ballet of Uruguay will perform a mixed programme including both classical and tango-influenced contemporary pieces. The company’s Ballet Master, Argentine Julio Bocca, is one of the most important ballet dancers of the later 20th century and under his artistic direction The National Ballet of Uruguay has sought to attain new levels of artistic excellence and virtuosity, and for dance enthusiasts these performances promise to be outstanding.
Youssou N’Dour (September 29)
One of Africa’s most celebrated and influential musicians, Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour will be making a rare appearance in concert at ROHM and presenting a sensational evening that will combine traditional Senegalese rhythms with Cuban samba, hip-hop, jazz and soul.
In addition to its extensive programme, ROHM will also be offering daily tours of this magnificent venue to its visitors. Rich in stunning architectural beauty which combines Omani, Islamic, Mughal and European architectural styles, its doors are open to the public every day from 8.30am to 10.30am. The theatre also offers an exhibition of antique instruments, some dating back to the seventeenth century, and one of the most beautiful pipe organs in the world which is framed by a 500-tonne teakwood concert shell.