The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture.
The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district of Muscat on Sultan Qaboos Street. Built on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, the Royal Opera House reflects unique contemporary Omani architecture, and has a capacity to accommodate maximum of 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, who was the ruler of Oman during the opera construction, had been always a fan of classical music and arts. In 2001, the sultan ordered the building of an opera house. Initially called ‘House of Musical Arts’, the name ‘Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM)’ was finally chosen. This opera house, which was built by Carillion Alawi, became the first in the world equipped with Radio Marconi’s multimedia interactive display seatback system, Mode23. It was officially opened on October 12, 2011, with a production of the opera Turandot, conducted by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.
The Muscat Opera House is set in 80 acres of land and surrounded by a green garden. The modern, Omani architectural style combines different traditions and makes the magnificent building look like a palace of the Arabian Nights. The façade cladding is made of pink limestone from the desert of the country. The interior is furnished with precious marble floors and is adorned with genuine Omani handicrafts. The theater space, decorated in reds and golds, accommodates 1,100 guests.