The Royal Opera House in Muscat has just begun a new season. We haven’t been too involved in pushing the arts, other than a few big opera productions at Masada, but we have been inspired by Oman, and in particular, by their stunning opera house. The building is so spectacular, Ronen had all our Oman programs changed to include a visit.
It was completed in 2011 and is just beginning its 4th season (or is it their 3rd? Honestly, I can’t get a straight answer on that. Their web site says 4th but it also says their first season began in September 2011. Math is not my strong suit but I count 3 seasons, including the one that’s just begun.)
We’re not suggesting anyone travel all the way to Oman just to see a performance at the ROHM but if you’re planning a trip that includes Muscat, we do suggest (highly!) that you book a performance. Here’s the schedule for the early part of 2014:
Jan 23 – Yo Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
Jan 24, 25, 28 – Gustavo Dudamel & the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Feb 15 – Afghan Youth Orchestra
Feb 19, 20, 21 – Music by and for Children
April 17, 18, 19 – The Bavarian State Ballet: Romeo & Juliet
April 30 – Diana Krall
Check out Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.This will wake you UP! Seriously, if you have 4 minutes to spare, watch this. The classical radio station I listen to at my desk plays it regularly and I’m telling you, it’s better than a triple espresso. youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36xmzYpujc
Here’s another shot from the Silk Road Ensemble with YoYo Ma.
Now some chamomile tea, with honey – Diana Krall (She’s married to Elvis Costello you know.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AHKaw2ubYg
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