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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

ROHM to open the season with opera classic La Traviata headlined by Placido Domingo

The 2022-2023 season of the Royal Opera House Muscat has been generously curated resulting in a packed programme of musical performances spanning an impressive range of genres. The new season from the Royal Opera House Muscat is designed to offer audiences a varied and world-class programme to enjoy until the end of May 2023.


As its season opener, ROHM is bringing Placido Domingo to Oman to headline Verdi's beloved classical opera La Traviata.


A critically acclaimed production, directed by Marta Domingo, the setting is WWII in Italy, amidst the uncertainty of the future. For this performance, Plácido Domingo will star as Germont for opening night, with internationally acclaimed singers Nino Machaidze as Violetta and Vittorio Grigolo as Alfredo, while Giampaolo Bisanti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Carlo di Genova.


Domingo will conduct the second and third performances with an all-new cast. The performance is enriched with choreography from Compañía Antonio Gades.


Verdi’s three-act opera tells the story of a courtesan, Violetta, who has captured the heart of a young admirer, Alfredo. True love blossoms and they leave behind the social whirl to begin a new quiet life together. Penury and twisting fate separates them temporarily, leaving Violetta vulnerable to the emotional blackmail of Alfredo’s father who wants his son to marry someone of his own social status. The tragedy slowly unfolds with bittersweet heartache to a final beautiful scene of reconciliation.


A Pre-Performance talk for ticket holders will be held one hour before each performance.


La Triviata will have its showing from September 22 to 24, Thursday to Saturday at 7 pm.


Exciting shows coming in October


For the 2022 — 20223 season, ROHM will be presenting over 50 events totalling 90 performances and cultural programmes including six beautiful operas, three ballets and nine concerts.


There will also be nine highly anticipated Arab concerts and two jazz stars promising three spectacular shows and four world music celebrations.


ROHM also began selling tickets on August 22 and some of the Arab performances have already been sold out a week into the start of the selling season.


After La Traviata, October will be filled with beautiful performances that ROHM assures will bring much-needed life to Muscat's entertainment scene.


On October 6 and 7, Compania Flamenca with Antonio Andrade and Tango Legends will headline the Flamenco Meets Tango performance. On October 13 to 15, Kadim Alsahir will be returning to the opera house for the third time, after his most recent appearance in 2019, where his popularity across the region was further cemented. Kadim is back for another solo concert to share his latest work with his supporters and growing fan base amongst the younger generation.


On October 17, a special Omani Women's Day performance headlined by ROSO and the First Royal Ensemble for Music and Folklore. The Omani Women’s Day concert is a heart-warming event, combining local and international elements to reflect the global reach of the opera house as a means of promoting collaboration and inspiring creativity.


October will wrap up with Hansel and Gretel performed by the Deutsche Oper Berlin who will bring a magical rendition of the classical Grimm’s fairy tale, Engelbert Humperdinck’s popular family opera delivers the centuries-old fairy tale to the delight of family audiences around the world.


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