Back in 2011, Muscat decided to change the game in the Gulf cultural scene. In October that year, the ry opened the region’s first centre dedicated to the classical music and ballet, with the inauguration of the Royal Opera House of Muscat.

The first performance was with Turandot, by Puccini, and it counted with the presence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

Now, over five years later, the Royal Opera House of Muscat has consolidated its place as the premier stage in the Gulf region for the fine arts. In October 216, it opened its doors to the public with a number of exhibitions, concerts and interactive events.

In order to help you plan and book your ticket for any performance in advance – and by that, I mean months! – I will share with you a list of performances at the Royal Opera House of Muscat for 2017. This list is bound to change and will be updated regularly, so feel free to bookmark it.

You can also take a tour of the Royal Opera House of Muscat and skip the queues, buying your tickets here.


January 13th: Plácido Domingo Conducts the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Domingo will conduct the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in a sparkling evening of beautiful symphonic works. The concert programme will feature the first piano concerto by Tchaikovsky with the exceptionally talented pianist Beatrice Rana.

Performance starts at 7pm.

January 19th: “Eugene Onegin”, Opera by Tchaikovsky performed by the Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musich Theatre

In Tchaikovsky’s famous work, Eugene Onegin, a magnificent opera of love and regret, wonderful melodies and heart-rending drama combine to open window on the Russian soul.

Performance starts at 7pm.

Royal Opera House of Muscat Performances 2017

February 02nd: Kulthumiyat, with Mai Farouk

ROHM’s annual Kulthumiyat honours the great Umm Kulthum known as “The Start of the East” and widely regarded as the greatest Arab singer in history. Egyptian singer Mai Farouk masterfully interprets some of the Diva’s most memorable songs.

Performance starts at 7pm.

February 09th: “L’Italiana in Algeri/The Italian Girl in Algiers”, Opera by Rossini performed by Opera di Firenze

Rossini’s sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns in this comedic adventure set in a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. An impressive cast of Rossinian singers with Bruno Campanella conducting.

Performance starts at 7pm.

February 11th: “Family Concert”, Performed by Orchestra and Chorus Opera di Firenze

A special family programme with music from the greatly loved comic opera, The Barber of Seville, by the famous nineteenth-century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. The opera, in concertante style, will be performed in a shortened version by the young singers of Accademia dell’Opera di Firenze.

Performance starts at 4pm.

February 16th: Madeleine Peyroux

American jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist, Madeleine Peyroux is especially notable for her wonderful vocal style, which has been compared with that of the famous blues singer, Billie Holiday. Peyroux’s most famous album, Careless Love, sold over a million copies.

Performance starts at 7pm.

February 18th: Igudesman & Joo: “And Now Mozart”

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are highly creative musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.

February 23rd, 24th & 25th: “West Side Story”, Musical by Leonard Bernstein

Set in the West Side of New York City in the late 1950s, West Side Story is an energetic, widely-acclaimed melodramatic musical loosely based on the feuding theme in Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet. This masterpiece will be performed with the original Broadway choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Performance starts at 7pm.

February 28th: Brass Instruments Presentation

Kearb about and experience all the different members of the brass family, from the very smallest trumpet to the very large tuba.

Performance starts at 4pm.

March 03rd: Anna Nerebko and Yusif Eyvazov

Anna Netrebko, one of the greatest sopranos of our time, is renowned for her beautiful, distinctive voice, and her alluring elegance on stage. This anthology of great arias is not o be missed. Appearing with Netrebko, the Azerbaijani tenor, Yusif Eyvazov.

March 16th, 17th & 18th: “The Opera!”  A New Co-Production by ROHM and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia

This new operatic production presents a fresh take on the history of the great art. Young singers from the Centre de Perfeccionament Placido Domingo sing well-known arias of the great composers.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

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March 23rd: “Qasidat Al Burdah”, The Poem of the Mantle, Set to Music (World Premiere)

This poem is an ode in praise of the Profet Muhammad (PBUH) who is said to have cured the poet of paralysis by appearing to him in a dream and wrapping him in  a mantle (cloak). This famous work is recited with a large chorus, orchestra and singers featuring unique scenography with calligraphic designs illustrating the verses.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

March 25th: Amir Elsaffar and Omar Bashir

Amir ElSaffar, a renowned Iraqi-American musician who plays the trumpet along with Arab instruments and sings jazz as well as traditional Iraqi maqam, will perform in the first half of the concert, while the acclaimed Iraqi oud virtuoso, Omar Bashir will play the second half.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

April 01st: Family Concert with I Solisti Veneti and Shayma Al Mughairy

In a programme specially designed for families and children, I Solisti Veneti performs The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, with a beautiful violin concerto depicting each season. A skilful Omani sand-painting artist Shayma Al Mughairy will produce amazing works of art with sand on stage.

Performance starts at 4pm.

April 06th, 07th & 08th: “Giselle”, Performed by American Ballet Theatre

Giselle, the quintessential Romantic ballet, is performed in a universally acclaimed production. America Ballet Theatre brings world renowned artists to the stage for this magnificent ballet. Giselle transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertoire.

Performance starts at 7:30pm on 06th & 07th and 4pm on 8th.

April 15th: “The Swingle Singers” A Cappella at its Best

The renowned London septet’s superb a cappella sound is innovative, light and inspiring. The repertoire of this versatile ensemble has grown over the past half-centry to include a great variety of music, as well as new and original songs.

Performance starts at 4pm

April 20th: Pipe Organ Symposium

This Symposium complements the programme of the concert which illustrates the four major periods of organ music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern – with experts explaining and musicians demonstrating the changing role and styles of organ music.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

April 22nd: Pipe Organ Concert – Organ Music Through the Eras

The annual concert dedicated to the impressive “King of Instruments”, the magnificent ROHM pipe organ, will present music from the four ages of music – the Baroque, Romantic, Classical and the Modern eras.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

April 27th: The Alexandrov Red Army Chorus

Founded Close to a century ago, the Russian Red Army Chorus is now globally popular and includes soloists, an orchestra and two ballet corps. It is the most prestigious and famous chorus in Russia.

April 30th: Dee Dee Bridgewater

American jazz singer and United Nations Ambassador, Dee Dee Bridgewater is one of teh most talented and widely respected jazz artists in the world, a thrice Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and recipient of the coveted Tony Award.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

Royal Opera House of Muscat Performances 2017

May 11th & 13th: Les Pêcheurs de Perles/The Pearl Fishers, Opera by Bizet Performed by Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège

The Pearl Fishers paints a picture of paradise, of golden sands and colourful silks. Two men swear loyalty to each other, but as the opera unfolds, temptation duels with duty, true hearts turn black with jealousy, and rash choices bring regret.

Performance starts at 7:30pm

May 19th & 20th: “Sailing Through Time” with Caracalla Dance Theatre

After the stunning success of Caracalla’s spectacular musical Kan Ya Ma Kan at teh ROHM in 2014, the company returns with Sailing Through Time, its latest exciting production.

Performance starts at 7:30pm on 19th and 4pm on 20th

You can purchase tickets for performances directly on their website. Royal Opera House of Muscat Performances for the second half of 2017 will be posted here as soon as they are available.

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  1. Brittany

    A badly needed addition to the Middle East culture scene … might have to check it out when I get there later this year!


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