I went to the Royal Opera House today to buy some tickets for upcoming concerts. What a place! It’s gorgeous, inside and out, and bound to look even better as construction comes to a close and landscaping is completed.
The Royal Opera House will be the 1st Opera House in the Arabian Gulf and the 2nd in the Middle East! (The Cairo Opera House opened in 1988) The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will officially open on October 14th; just 16 days from now! The establishment of the ROHM is a great move by HM Sultan Qaboos in a daring attempt to place Muscat on the map of International Performing Arts. These are exciting days to be living in Muscat.
That’s the Opera Mall which is right next to the Opera House should be open by January 2012.
Construction still going on…or last minute touches?
The Opera House can accomodate an audience of 1,100 viewers and has 550 parking slots so unless there are hourdes of singles driving to the performances alone, parking should not be a problem. Sweet!
Apparently there was a soft opening on September 7th in which there was a performance of the opera “Rigoletto“. Check out this blogpost about one gentleman’s experience on that night. I love his description of the interactive touch screens which are able to translate the opera being watched into a language of the audience members choice. Can’t wait to experience it all. Talk about high-tech!
The inside of the building is gorgeous but they are very strict about their “no photography” rule. With the Royal Guards there to implement it, not even Andy in Oman was going to risk taking a shot, ha!ha! Cameras, video cameras and even cellphones will not be allowed inside the building and they said that there will be metal detectors at all entrances to ensure this policy is followed. For me, personally being threatened once with being fined 10,000 Omani rials and getting thrown 4 months in jail by the director of ROSO (Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra) if I did not remove videos and pictures from my youtube channel and blog is lesson enough for me…
When you go to the Box Office at the Royal Opera House, you can pick up one of these beautiful brochures showing the Inaugural Season’s performances. The first 2 performances are sold out already! (“Opera Turandot” on Oct 14-15 and “Placido Domingo sings to Oman“ on Oct 18)
Important info on the back of the brochure. Time is of the essence so get online at the Royal Opera House official website, or get yourself over to the BoxOffice or at one of the listed hotels that sells tickets to get your tickets soon as they’re going fast! My wife and I are really looking forward to seeing the American Ballet Theatre perform “Don Quixote” on Oct 27, another ballet called “Giselle“ on Nov 10, “Opera Carmen” on Dec 21 and the world famous ballet “Swan Lake ” on Dec 29.) I was originally only going to buy tickets to 2 performances but the lady, Victoria, at the box-office convinced me to buy tickets to a total of 4 performances in order to avail myself of the 35% season privileged price.
Life in Muscat is definitely looking up! My hat’s off to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for his vision of bringing music and the performing arts to the Sultanate! This is going to be a wonderful season in Muscat with some incredible evenings out with the wife! 🙂