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Royal Opera House Muscat

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.

History of Royal Opera House Muscat

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, an ardent supporter of classical music and arts, commissioned the construction of an opera house in 2001. Originally named the ‘House of Musical Arts’, it was later rebranded as the ‘Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM)’. Constructed by Carillion Alawi, this landmark became the world’s first opera house equipped with Radio Marconi’s multimedia interactive display seatback system, Mode23. On October 12, 2011, it was officially inaugurated with a performance of the opera Turandot, conducted by the esteemed Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.

Nestled within 80 acres of verdant gardens, the Muscat Opera House showcases a blend of modern and traditional Omani architectural styles, reminiscent of the grandeur of Arabian Nights’ palaces. The exterior features cladding made from pink limestone sourced from the country’s desert, lending it a majestic appearance. Inside, the opulent interior boasts marble floors and authentic Omani handicrafts, creating an atmosphere of regal elegance. The theater, adorned in rich reds and golds, seats 1,100 guests, providing a breathtaking setting for world-class performances.

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