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Royal Opera House Muscat announces its 2013-14 season

L-R: Christina Scheppelmann, H H Sayyid Kamil Fahd al Said, Professor Dr Issam el Mallah and Dr Nasser al Taee (Muscat Daily)

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The Royal Opera House Muscat's (ROHM) 2013-14 season was announced at a press conference held on Wednesday.

In his keynote address, H H Sayyid Kamil Fahd al Said, member of ROHM board of directors, said, “His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said visualised the ROHM as a cultural landmark assuming a pivotal role in disseminating world heritage and consolidating the values of peace, co-existence and understanding among all nations and peoples through artistic functions that give voice to the common cultural heritage of humanity. We are here with you today to confirm that ROHM did fulfill the prudent vision of His Majesty the Sultan.” Sayyid Kamil added, “Sales have continued to increase to more than 80 per cent which is higher than the international average.”

Board advisors Professor Dr Issam el Mallah and Dr Nasser al Taee were also present at the press meet with Christina Scheppelmann, director general, ROHM.

An ROHM statement listed a wide range of Arab and international performances by highly renowned artistes and companies from around the world including opera, symphonic music, ballet, jazz, Arabic tarab and Omani military music.

International highlights of the forthcoming season will include appearances from some of the world's most distinguished and acclaimed conductors and performers such as Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini, Yo-Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov and Gustavo Dudamel.

Arab music will include performances from Oman's Royal Guard, The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Magida el Roumi, Kadim al Sahir, Abdullah al Ruwaishid and Lotfi Bouchnak.

THE SCHEDULE

September
14, 16, 18: The Barber of Seville by Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Italy (7pm)
19: A Verdi Celebration - Various opera singers performing with Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy (7.30pm)
25, 26: Julio Bocca's National Ballet of Uruguay (7.30pm) - Classic and modern dance with a flash of tango, directed by Julio Bocca
29: Youssou N'Dour in concert (7.30pm) - The famous African musician mixing traditional Senegalese mblakah with Cuban samba to hip hop, jazz and soul

October
2: Mariza The Voice of Fado - Sung by Mariza (7.30pm)
8: Omani Woman's Day Celebration. - Annual musical tribute to Omani women (7.30pm)
9: Kadim al Sahir (7.30pm)
22, 24, 26: La Traviata Verdi opera - Presented by Italian Macerate Opera Festival (7pm)
31: Mariinsky Ballet (7.30pm)

November
1 and 2: Mariinsky Ballet (7pm on Nov 1; 2pm on Nov 2)
7 and 9: Military Music of Oman (7.30 on Nov 7; 4pm on Nov 9)
12: National Orchestra of Spain (6pm)
13: Juan Diego Florez Tenor - Accompanied by the Spanish National Orchestra and maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya (7.30pm)
16 and 17: Flamenco Jazz - By Chano Dominguez, Vince Mendoza and the German WDR Big Band (7.30pm)
21: Le Trio Joubran - Arabic oud music presented by Joubran brothers (7.30pm)
28, 29, 30: The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart's opera presented by Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7pm)

December
6, 7: Magida el Roumi (7.30pm) - A performance by popular Lebanese singer
12, 14: Maria Stuarda - Performed by the Welsh National Opera (7pm)
13: Welsh National Opera Orchestra (6pm) - Educational symphonic concert for the family
19: Pipe Organ Concert - Music from the 18th to 20th century (7.30pm)
21: Leila Hejaiej & Lotfi Bouchnak - Arabic tarab performed by Tunisian artists (7.30pm)
26, 27, 28: The Cossacks of Russia & Tajikistan Folklore (7.30pm on Dec 26 and 27; 2pm on Dec 28)

January
13: A night of sufi & inshaad (7.30pm) - Musical expressions of faith from Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan and Oman
18, 19, 20: Vienna State Ballet (7.30pm) - Presentation of great ballets
23: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (7.30pm) - Cellist performs with world-acclaimed emsemble
24: Gustavo Dudamel & Simon Bolivar(7.30pm) - Youth orchestra of Venezuela
28: Sherine (7.30pm) - The young, powerful voice of the Egyptian star

February
5, 6: Claudio Abbado & Orchestra Mozart (7.30pm) - With pianist Maurizio Pollini
9: Maxim Vengerov (7.30pm) - With the Polish Chamber Orchestra
15: Afghan Youth Orchestra. (4pm) - Classical Western compositions with a traditional Afghan sound
19, 20, 21: Music By And For Children (6pm) - Young musicians and dancers from Oman, Tajikistan, Serbia and Russia
25, 26: Enana Dance Theatre (7.30pm) - The historic Arabic tale of the Hawk of Quraish

March
2: Olga Borodina - Mezzo-Soprano in concert (7.30pm)
6: Dobet Gnahore (7.30pm) - Artist from the Ivory Coast
8: Abdullah al Ruwaishid (7.30pm) - The ambassador of Khaliji song
19, 20, 21: I Capuleti E I Montechhi (Romeo & Juliet) (7pm) - Arena di Verona opera company
28, 29: Chi of Shaolin (7.30 on March 28; 2pm on March 29) - Imperial acrobats of China

April
5: TriOrient & Sarband (7.30pm) - With Fadia Tomb el Hage
10, 12: A Rahbani Gala Concert - By Ghady & Oussama Rahbani (7.30pm)
17, 18, 19: Bavarian State Ballet (7.30pm) - Music by Sergei Prokofiev
24: Ildar Abdrazakov - Bass in concert (7:30pm)
30: Diana Krall (7.30pm) - Canadian singer and pianist

May
8, 10: Rusalka opera (7pm) - Dvorak's opera performed by the Brno National Theatre
14, 15: Percussion Nights (7.30pm) - Murat Coskun and the Said Al Artist Percussion Ensemble

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