Royal Opera House Muscat launches first in-house production

Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has released details of its first major in-house production, Celebrating Oman: The Great Journey. The opera marks the fifth anniversary of ROHM, which has attracted praise since it opened in 2012.

Celebrating Oman: The Great Journey tells the history of Oman in eight stages via a mixture of poetry, music and performing arts. The libretto for the opera has been written by Omani writer Saleh Al Fahdi and the project has been developed by interdisciplinary director Paolo Dalla Sega. It will feature international singers, dancers and choreographers, as well as local Omani talent.

The story itself has been broken into the following pieces: Oman History and Geography; Frankincense Back to Nature; the Maritime History; the Silk Route; the Sword Dance; the Renaissance; Oman: Oasis of Peace; and Cultural House of the World.

More than 100 peformers will take to the stage for the show, including 40 children from local schools, 30 Omani musicians and three camels from the Royal Camel Corp.

Celebrating Oman: The Great Journey will run at ROHM from 5-7 January.