Simon Wright was the guest conductor for last night’s Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra performance at Al Bustan.
He has been a guest conductor for many renowned orchestras – so his visit to Oman is fortunate as he is a man who is used to quickly getting a good performance from new teams. The orchestra, established in 1985, seemed to have a greater mix of non-Omanis than I had noticed previously and a female Omani principal violin, again new to me .
The program consisted of the overture from Verdi’s Nabucco followed by Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances (1) a Baroque cum Medieval suite. The second half was Sibelius’s first symphony a nice contrast to the first half – though I enjoyed the first half more.