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Sayyid Kamil honoured with Order of the Star of Italy

26 May 2024 Sayyid Kamil honoured with Order of the Star of Italy

Muscat – H H Sayyid Dr Kamil Fahad al Said, the Secretary-General in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, was conferred with ‘Ordine della Stella d’Italia’ (Order of the Star of Italy) – the rank of Knight (Cavaliere), on Sunday in Muscat. 

H E Pierluigi D’Elia, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to  Oman, officiated the ceremony to honour H H Sayyid Kamil in recognition of his significant contributions in strengthening cultural relations between Italy and Oman through his dedicated work with the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) since 2006.

The patron of the Order of the Star of Italy is the President of Italy. The order is bestowed on expatriates and foreigners, who achieve extraordinary results in the preservation and promotion of Italy’s national prestige and in augmenting bilateral relations between Italy and other countries. 

In a speech during the ceremony, H H Sayyid Kamil remarked that the conferral of the Order “is more than a reflection of personal achievement as it also signifies the inestimable value of friendship in the international domain and of the fruitful collaboration between Italy and Oman”. 

He noted that His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik continues to advance the noble ideals envisioned by the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said for ROHM, which “has become the flagship of these ideals with its commitment to excellence in programming and in fostering ties of friendship and understanding”.

Since the inauguration of ROHM in 2011, an important feature of the partnership between Italy and Oman is the staging of a series of acclaimed productions from some of Italy’s most prestigious opera houses. 

These productions include among many others, The Barber of Seville performed by Teatro San Carlo, L’Elisir d’Amore with Teatro La Fenice and Le Nozze di Figaro with Accademia Teatro alla Scala. 

The collaboration between the two countries was taken a step further with joint work in the creation of three original co-productions: Bizet’s Lakmé, and Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto. These cooperative ventures in artistic creation have enriched the cultural landscape of Oman while strengthening the friendly bilateral ties between the two countries. 

Looking to the future, H H Sayyid Kamil stated, “Let us continue to deepen the bonds between our two counties, drawing from the rich tapestry of our shared experiences and the universal language of music. Together, we can build a legacy of understanding and cultural enrichment that transcends borders and resonates across the echoes of time.”

The ambassador said, “H H Sayyid Kamil has played a vital role in strengthening the cultural relations between Italy and Oman through ROHM, specifically in promoting performances, exhibitions and initiatives related to the tradition of Italian Opera and music in the Sultanate and supporting Omani cultural initiatives such as the participation at the Venice Art Biennale.”

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