A Tour at Royal Opera House, Muscat

A Tour at Royal Opera House, Muscat
the stage

the stage

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.

getting out of the bus and heading to the opera house entrance.

getting out of the bus and heading to the opera house entrance.

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 Royal Opera House in Muscat

The Royal Opera House in Muscat

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 west wing

the west wing

The entrance – a classical design the same as with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

the entrace

the entrace

We had a short orientation and waiting for our turn.

the short orientation

the short orientation

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.

Suspended lamp

Suspended lamp

The walls have intricate and meaningful carvings. It is an islamic art and taken from Omani traditions.

wall with intricate carvings

wall with intricate carvings

The foyer ceiling is made of hardwood that is inspired from Jabrin Castle in Nizwa.

The ceiling in the foyer.

The ceiling in the foyer.

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.

the foyer

the foyer

You can also see the best lighting effect.

The ceiling

The ceiling

The lights are specifically designed for the opera house.

the opera house ceiling

the opera house ceiling

At the VIP entrance – the whole building is a blend of Islamic architecture and modern acoustic technology.

The VIP entrance

The VIP entrance

There’s a red carpet staircase to the VIP seats.

the vip entrance

the vip entrance

I took a quick pose on the red carpet and feeling like a VIP.

took a snapshot

took a snapshot

While roaming around we see massive columns that are carefully sculpted to reflect the islamic art.

massive column as support to the entire building

massive column as support to the entire building

It is timeless blend of islamic and arabic architecture and design.

the hallway

the hallway

Part of the display that are line in the hallway are the valuable guitars.

guitars

guitars

There are so many flutes – some of these were collections of His Majesty.

flutes of various size and shape

flutes of various size and shape

I like the instrument behind me that resembles like a human face.

a pose a human-face like guitar

a pose a human-face like guitar

More trumpets for you to see.

trumpet

trumpet

These snake flutes are made of porcelain.

snake flutes

snake flutes

Some string musical instruments – how cute that baby violin on the left side.

violins

violins

More string instruments

guitars

guitars

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.

Badr in Action.

Badr in Action.

I’m taking photos while listening to the lecture.

documenting the lecture

documenting 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.

in the sound killer chamber

in the sound killer chamber

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.

the stage from west wing entrance.

the stage from 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.

the stage

the stage

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 pipe organs

The pipe organs

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.

behind is the main stage.

behind is the main stage.

The chair backs are fitted with screens which provide subtitles in a range of languages.

the chairs

the chairs

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.

our group

our group

busy taking photos before leaving the place.

LOVE,
Riah – The Blissful Wife and Mom

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