ROHM to present The Opera, a mythological story with a twist

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The greatest opera stars from the Plácido Domingo’s Centre of Perfeccionament will sing gorgeous arias from famous Italian composers in a unique musical production The Opera! at the Royal Opera House Muscat. The show will be held on March 16,18 and 19.

According to a press release, the opera-musical will have performances with young talent, fabulous sets and realistic video projection. The sets include an amazing doorway, unveiled as a gateway into the history of opera.

The story for The Opera! is inspired by the Greek tragedy, Orpheus and Eurydice. As told by the ancient Greek poets, Virgil and Ovid, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the most compelling in literature.

It is a haunting tale of love and loss, of great courage thwarted by momentary human weakness. It is, at the same time, an ode to the beauty and nobility of music. As the son of Apollo and the muse, Calliope, Orpheus was given a lyre and the gift of music. When Orpheus played the lyre and sang, nothing on earth could resist the power of his music.

In The Opera! this mythological story is given a modern twist. Mesmerised by her beauty, Pluto kidnaps Eurydice on her wedding day and holds her captive in his dreadful underworld kingdom. Disconsolate but determined, Orpheus travels to the Underworld (Hades Hotel) and succeeds in reclaiming his beloved bride. When Orpheus leads Eurydice back to the realm of the living, it is not through a long dark tunnel into the light, but through the settings of famous Italian operas, with music by the acclaimed PKF – Prague Philharmonia, masterfully conducted by Steven Mercurio.

Orpheus and Eurydice, performed by Valentino Buzza and Miriam Battistelli, fall under the spell of the music and slip into the roles of famous lovers, singing their arias. They become heroic characters such as Othello and Desdemona in Verdi’s Othello; Turandot and Calef in Puccini’s Turandot; Violetta and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Mimì and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. In the Lobby of Hades Hotel Orpheus and Eurydice magically journey through places such as Aida’s Egypt, the Paris of La Bohème and La Traviata, Rigoletto’s Court, and Turandot’s China. The show will begin at 7.30pm.

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