This tour is part of our 5-day workshop held at Oman Tourism College. The purpose of this activity is to visit ideal working places for our students. One of the destinations is the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE. I have been here before but only now I acquired a lot of interesting and valuable facts about the whole place including the expensive display of musical instruments in the gallery and the impressive opera auditorium. We all get these infos from our work colleague Badar who is also a licensed tour guide in Oman.
Using our college bus, we arrived at 9:00 o’clock in the morning on February 9, 2015.
This is the view of the opera from the outside – ROH is the country’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. It is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat, Oman.
The opera house is an iconic structure that promotes music and art in the country. It is becoming a cultural and musical hub. We entered to the west wing of the building.
The entrance – a classical design the same as with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
We had a short orientation and waiting for our turn.
We started the tour and observe interesting things inside the opera house. You can see an arabic lamp carefully crafted to fit to the opera house ceiling design.
The walls have intricate and meaningful carvings. It is an islamic art and taken from Omani traditions.
The foyer ceiling is made of hardwood that is inspired from Jabrin Castle in Nizwa.
The Foyer, as direted by HM, these raw hard woods were shipped from Cambodia to Oman and were cut, carved, polished, and installed inside the opera house.
You can also see the best lighting effect.
The lights are specifically designed for the opera house.
At the VIP entrance – the whole building is a blend of Islamic architecture and modern acoustic technology.
There’s a red carpet staircase to the VIP seats.
I took a quick pose on the red carpet and feeling like a VIP.
While roaming around we see massive columns that are carefully sculpted to reflect the islamic art.
It is timeless blend of islamic and arabic architecture and design.
Part of the display that are line in the hallway are the valuable guitars.
There are so many flutes – some of these were collections of His Majesty.
I like the instrument behind me that resembles like a human face.
More trumpets for you to see.
These snake flutes are made of porcelain.
Some string musical instruments – how cute that baby violin on the left side.
More string instruments
One of our tour guide in the ROH is Badar who is my work colleague. Here he’s sharing valuable info about these musical instruments.
I’m taking photos while listening to the lecture.
Then we move to the section between the hallway and the stadium. We were standing inside the sound killer chamber that filters the noise/sound from foyer to the main auditorium.
As soon as we stepped in to the arena, we were delighted to see the amazing view of the opera stage from the west wing entrance.
It is such a masterpiece in which remarkable performances from world-class renowned artists like Plácido Domingo,Andrea Bocelli, and soprano Renée Fleming have been staged here.
In the middle are organ pipes. Those walls on the sides are purposely opened to release the sound produced by the organ pipes during a performance.
The auditorium has been designed to be versatile. Its walls, settings, and stage areas can be moved to accommodate the needs of opera, ballet, and music concerts.
The chair backs are fitted with screens which provide subtitles in a range of languages.
Our tour took about 45minutes. We were so glad that we were able to visit such a remarkable place in Muscat. Added to that the valuable facts about the opera house that makes it a very interesting place.
Before we left the venue we took a group picture as a souvenir.
busy taking photos before leaving the place.
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