Great news forĀ  Oman as the Royal Opera House opened its doors on October the 12th showing Puccini’s Turandorf to rave reviews from some of the worlds famous artists. The chorus was lead by non other than Placido Domingo and the opera was directed by Franco Zaffirelli.

Artists perform Puccini’s famous Turadot to the delight of the visitors and famous artists!

It promises to to become a place for showing international performances as well as celebrating Omans deep history and culture. The season looks to be a success as the line up is, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, soprano Renee Fleming, the American Ballet theater, Wynton Marsalis the famous NYC jazz trumpeter and Yo Yo Ma the world famous cellist from London’s Philharmic Orchestra.

Also on the planned schedule is a tribute to honor famous Arab singer Om Koltoum and a live performance from famous Arab diva Ajda Roumi.

The launch of the project was way back in 2001 on the orders of the Sultan Qaboos, and was officially opened by himself who is a huge music enthusiast. He hopes it will bring a great cultural promotion the the Arab peninsula.

The Glamorous building was built on a 80,000 square meter plot that also houses restaurants, luxury boutiques, a smaller theater, and landscaped garden areas, turning it into an actual cultural center. The only other opera house in the Arab countries is in Cairo.

It hopes to bring new prospects to the area by bringing drama, dance, and music concerts from all over the world and locally re-newing the importance of traditional Arab Music and the arts.

This beautiful building will become somewhere for learning and inspiration where people can enjoy their passion for the arts, music and local heritage.

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