Oman’s Royal Opera House – winter 2017-18 highlights

Oman’s Royal Opera House has a remarkable mix of performances over the 2017 – 2018 season. In September they launch with Aida by Verdi

Verdi conducting Aida in Paris1880
Verdi conducting Aida in Paris1880

for 3 days 14, 16,17 performed by Teatro Regio Torino (‘Royal Theatre’ Turin) – the story of an Ethiopian princess in ancient Egypt who faces the conflict between her love for the Egyptian commander, Radamès and her own people.

Swan Lake by Paata Vardanashvili
Swan Lake by Paata Vardanashvili

Its followed by Swan Lake on 28&29 about beautiful Odette and her prince performed by State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kazakhstan.

Cliff Richard Eva Rinaldi
Cliff Richard Eva Rinaldi

October has Britain’s Cliff Richard for one night on the 7th who, with 100 albums and over 250 million records sold since 1958, is literally a legend in his own life time .

russian army at royal opera house
Russian Army at Royal Opera House

As a contrast the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus on the 12th is an official army choir of the Russian armed force and will doubt have stirring patriotic music.

Royal Opera House Military Music
Royal Opera House Military Music

November has the traditional appearance by Oman’s royal military bands for 3 nights 2-4 in a display of military pageantry with other military bands from Europe and Asia .

Salah Al Zadjali ROH
Salah Al Zadjali ROH

December 28th has Omani star Salah Al Zadjali and Egyptian singer Medhat Saleh who will include songs by the legendary Abdel Halim Hafez.

Sami Yousef
Sami Yousef

For January 2018 Sami Yusuf, the British-Azeri singer-who may be the biggest British star in the Middle East returns to Oman again on the 6th . Making use of the Opera House’s massive pipe organ, Wayne Marshall and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra will give a performance on 25th January.

February 24th offers Peter and The Wolf & Other Animal Tales Performed with the Orchestra of Opéra de Rouen as well as shadow puppets animated by the Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation and an Oscar winning short film ‘Peter & the Wolf LIVE’.

Lune Productions
Lune Productions

March features Majid El Mohandes from Iraq who is one of the Arab world’s most popular singers, he will perform for 2 nights on 22nd & 23rd . April brings something new in the form of an Original Vietnamese Show Performed on 19th & 21st by Lune Productions featuring a blend of dance, acrobatics, bamboo cirque, and live music.

Peter Pan by Chmee2
Peter Pan by Chmee2

May will have a musical performance of Peter Pan on the 3rd & 4th and an intriguing Lebanese musical with a modern twist on the 11th & 12th

More details of these and more here.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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