His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said established the Royal Opera House Muscat eight years ago in 2011 for the people of Oman and for all of humanity.
Throughout the eight years since the Inauguration, the Royal Opera House Muscat has not wavered in supporting new and emerging stars and further diversifying the countries of origin for its seasonal rosters, as well as broadening the genres and kinds of programs presented. All the while, the average number of seats filled has been rising and has reached 94% of capacity.
With a continuing focus on diversity in genre and innovative artistry in performances, the Royal Opera House Muscat now presents productions come from varied high calibre performing arts companies in more than thirty countries in the Arab World, the Middle East, and across five continents: Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. Importantly, Arab programs constitute 30% of annual programming.
All front of house staff are Omanis as well as a significant percent of management, technical and administrative staff. Oman’s Military Bands, the Oman Royal Symphony Orchestra and its traditional Arab Orchestras perform on stage annually. Young Omanis interested in careers in the performing arts are trained in house and also sent abroad for education and training in theatre arts.
Six full scale operas are presented each season. In recent years, ROHM has co-produced several operas with leading opera houses, as well as producing original works in-house and is now well on its way to becoming a producing as well as a hosting institution. This past March ROHM premiered an innovative new production of Léo Delibes’ Lakmé in collaboration with eight companies from around the world.