Leg­endary sea­son ahead at Royal Opera House Mus­cat

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The Royal Opera House Mus­cat has an­nounced its 2017- 2018 sea­son with a pro­gramme that in­cludes a Cliff Richard con­cert, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida opera and a trib­ute show to the leg­endary tenor Lu­ciano Pavarotti. The ROHM 2017-2018: A Leg­endary Sea­son, which kicks off on Septem­ber 14, will have con­certs, five fa­mous op­eras, a co-pro­duc­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Opéra de Rouen from France, bal­let and Ara­bic per­for­mances in this sea­son’s line-up.

Opera singing will be at the fore­front of the pro­gramme with tenors such as Roberto Alagna, José Cura and Fabio Ar­mil­iato tak­ing the stage, along with in­ter­na­tional women stars, in­clud­ing Olga Perety­atko, Alek­san­dra Kurzak, Rosa Fe­ola and Kristin Lewis.

The sea­son is also ded­i­cated to the 20th-cen­tury Ital­ian op­er­atic tenor Lu­ciano Pavarotti, mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of his death. Fiorenza Cedolins, Sumi Jo, Mar­cello Gior­dani, and Francesco Meli will be among the world­class tenors who will pay trib­ute to the legend.

The opera house’s homage to Pavarotti will in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing mem­o­ra­bilia and his iconic cos­tumes from De­cem­ber 14 un­til Jan­uary 6.

Richard fans will be pleased to know the opera house will be fly­ing the Bri­tish mu­sic legend in for a con­cert on Oc­to­ber 7. The star has sold more than 250 mil­lion records world­wide his ca­reer be­gan in 1958.

French tenor Roberto Alagna will per­form with in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Pol­ish so­prano Alek­san­dra Kurzak too, while Grammy-award win­ners Dianne Reeves and Brazil­ian singer and gui­tarist Gil­berto Gil are also on the 2017/2018 cal­en­dar.

Plat­inum award-win­ning singer-song­writer Ann Hamp­ton Call­away has agreed to sing some of Bar­bra Streisand’s time­less clas- sics such as Cry Me a River and The Way We Were on Novem­ber 30.

Bri­tish mu­si­cian Sami Yousuf too will show­case the mar­riage of Ara­bic and west­ern tunes in a spe­cial con­cert ded­i­cated to the re­gion.

The grand opera house stage will also be set up for three his­toric ro­man­tic and tragic pro­duc­tions that have equal rel­e­vance in to­day’s times. The sea­son kicks off with Aida, the four-act opera set in Egypt, on Septem­ber 14. It will be di­rected by Amer­i­can film direc­tor William Fried­kin.

With the aim to blend in clas­sic works with modern stage bril­liance, the opera will also bring to stage Rug­gero Leon­cav­allo’s Pagli­acci (The Clown), di­rected by Franco Zef­firelli. Gioachino Rossini’s L’Oc­ca­sione fa il Ladro (Op­por­tu­nity Makes a Thief) will be di­rected by Jean-Pierre Pon­nelle and Vin­cenzo Bellini’s La Son­nam­bula (The Sleep­walker) will be led by Ar­gen­tinian direc­tor Hugo De Ana.

The opera house has also col­lab­o­rated with the French com­pany Opéra de Rouen to pro­duce Vin­cenzo Bellini’s Norma from Fe­bru­ary 22-25, un­der the guid­ance of artis­tic direc­tor Frédéric Roels. Norma is a tragedy about a Druid priest­ess, whose ill-fated love for an un­faith­ful Ro­man con­queror leads to fright­ful con­se­quences.

Swan Lake fans though won’t have to wait that long, with the ro­man­tic clas­si­cal bal­let, set to a strik­ing back­drop and pe­riod cos­tumes, to be per­formed by As­tana Opera and the Orches­tra of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa from Sep- tem­ber 28. Larger-than-life modern bal­let, Cin­derella, by Opera de Lyon, will fol­low in De­cem­ber.

Set in a doll house with chore­og­ra­phy and stag­ing by Maguy Marin, Sergei Prokofiev’s Cin­derella mu­sic will be played by the Prague Phil­har­mo­nia.

For tra­di­tional dance enthusiasts there’s some­thing for you too. A high­light will be Rus­sian folk dance com­pany Igor Moiseyev Bal­let. World dance will also be in the spot­light with the opera house’s two orig­i­nal shows Recital CanTango and A O Orig­i­nal Viet­namese Show. Recital CanTango is a fu­sion of tango guided by songs by Fabio Ar­mil­iato.

The tenor will take the au­di­ence through the his­tory of the dance, show­cased by Los Guardi­ola dancers to mu­sic ar­range­ments by Fabrizio Mo­cata. The A O Show will pro­vide au­di­ences with a dis­play of Viet­namese dance with ac­ro­batic per­for­mances. Award- win­ning mu­si­cal Peter Pan will en­ter­tain the fam­ily next May with ac­tion-packed se­quences and mu­sic by pop singer Edoardo Ben­nato.

For clas­si­cal mu­sic enthusiasts you’ll want to mark April 4 in your diaries as that’s when Rus­sian vi­o­lin­ist Sergej Krylov will play pieces by Men­delssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Rim­sky-Kor­sakov and Ravel’s Bolero with the pres­ti­gious Rus­sian Na­tional Orches­tra con­ducted by the Pier Carlo Orizio.

Mean­while, this year’s out­reach pro­gramme aims to en­cour­age youth into tak­ing part in per­form­ing arts with work­shops, dis­cus- sions and ex­hi­bi­tions. The opera house’s An­i­mal World work­shops will be open to chil­dren to learn more about pup­petry, while the Clown for a Day ses­sion will teach them about make-up and masks.

The Cof­fee & Dates ses­sions with artists are mak­ing a come­back. There will be pre-per­for­mance dis­cus­sions with the per­form­ers on cer­tain nights as well.

The opera house is also in­tro­duc­ing lunchtime con­certs, where fes­ti­val­go­ers can en­joy op­er­atic arias in the Gal­le­ria and other venues be­tween shows.

The new sea­son runs from Septem­ber 14 to May 2018. Visit www.rohmus­cat.org.om for more in­for­ma­tion and ticket prices

Cour­tesy Royal Opera House Mus­cat

Ital­ian opera com­poser Giuseppe Verdi’s grand mas­ter­piece Aida, which will be per­formed at the Royal Opera House Mus­cat.

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