I am a bit late in posting this, but had serious internet woes at home the past couple of weeks! As you have probably seen on some of the other blogs, the Royal Opera House Muscat announced its second season earlier this week, which will run from January to April, 2012, and the line-up is looking nice and varied. The ticket prices have also been revised for all shows and now start from RO5 per person, so for the better, or so it seems for the time being as the prices of tickets for each individual area is yet to be announced. There is also a new inclusion of two children’s performances, which will start from RO3.
Another good thing is the show times have been moved forward so hopefully it will be easier to grab a bite to eat post-show instead of everyone leaving the opera at midnight and being faced with no other choice than drive through at McDonalds! There are also a number of packages and discount deals available for those purchasing a number of tickets to different shows.
Here is the programme
Titans of the Russian Repertoire - January 16, 7.30pm
The Vienna Philharmonic pays tribute to a number of Russian composers
Omar Sarmini – January 20, 7.30pm
Omar Sarmini and a traditional Arabic ensemble present classical tarab
Welcome the Dragon: A Chinese New Year’s Celebration – January 23, 7.30pm
The Chinese Traditional Orchestra of Inner Mongolia makes its Oman debut
Ammar el Sherei – January 25, 7.30pm
Ammar el Sherei returns to Oman with Macedonian Philharmoic Orchestra and Salim al Maqrashi
Carnival of the Animals – January 28, 6pm (Children’s show)
The Moscow City Symphony Russian Philharmonic tells the story of Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by Abdul Rahman Abou Zahra
Tsar Saltan – January 29, 6pm (Children's show)
The Moscow City Symphony Russian Philharmonic tells the story of Tsar Saltan, accompanied by Abdul Rahman Abou Zahra
Jose Carreras – February 1, 7.30pm
The Moscow City Symphony Russian Philharmonic will accompany Jose Carreras, the famous tenor for this one night only show
The Great Arabic Songbook: From Umm Kulthum to Muhammed Abdo – February 7, 7.30pm
The Multi-Ethnic Star Orchestra plays Arabic classics such as songs by Umm Kulthum, Muhammad Abdal Wahhab, Faris el Atrache, Muhammed Abdo and Sayyid Darwish
South African Ballet Theatre – February 10-11, 7.30pm
The group will perform a line-up of much loved ballets including classical and modern pieces
Music of Omar Khairat – February 15-16, 7.30pm
The Omar Khairat Ensemble and Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra play music from Egyptian cinema
Beyond Tunis: A Mediterranean Journey – February 20, 7.30pm
Sania M’barek performs the sound of Runisia to Libya and beyond
Three Centuries, Three Continents, Three Masters – February 23, 7.30pm
The Prague Symphony Orchestra joins Abdel Rahman el Bacha and Ahmed el Saedi in performing the works of Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov and Passacaglia for Orchestra
Il Travatore – March 1 and March 3, 7pm
The Ravenna Festival performs Verdi’s Il Travatore
Exhilarating Rhythm: Wadaiko and Omani Drumming – March 6, 7.30pm
Fusing the styles of Japan and Oman, this performance features Japanese Wakaiko and traditional Omani musicians
Tango Metropolis – March 8-9, 7.30pm
Created by Daniel Binelli, Pilar Alvarez and Claudio Hoffmann, this performance tells the story of the Argentinean tango
Praxa – March 15-16, 7.30pm
Produced by the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra from the Cairo Opera House, this musical comedy is an original Arabic musical loosely based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
Abduction from the Seraglio – March 23 and March 25, 7pm
The Hungarian National opera presents Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio
Icons: A Celebration of Arabic Jazz – March 28-30, 7.30pm
On March 28, Anouar Brahem will perform. On March 29, Fathy Salama will perform and on March 30, Rabih Abou-Khalil will perform.
There are also a number of package deals available that when booked together result in a 15 per cent discount. Students will receive 15 per cent discount as will children aged between 6 and 17 years of age. There is also a group discount for purchases of between ten and 24 tickets for the same show and they are 15 per cent.
Tickets for group and packages go on sale on January 1, while single ticket sales start on January 4.
So what are you all looking forward to?