Culture vulture? Don’t miss Muscat’s Royal Opera House
The Sultanate of Oman’s premier arts, music and culture venue, Muscat’s Royal Opera House, aims to engage and enrich the lives of residents through its educational and musical programmes.
Love classical music? Then this is the best place to come. World-renowned artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming have all graced the stage here. Jump aboard our Hop-on, Hop-off Muscat Bus Tour and we’ll drop you outside, where the landscaped gardens greet you with a symphony of colour.
Built by royal decree
The Royal Opera House was commissioned on the royal orders of Sultan Qaboos to reflect contemporary Omani architecture. The building houses the main concert theatre and state-of-the-art auditorium as well as landscaped formal gardens, luxury retail options, restaurants, and an arts production centre. It’s an ambitious crescendo of diverse creativity, all under one roof.
Other interesting facts about the Royal Opera House, Muscat
- The Royal Opera House can accommodate a maximum of 1,100 people
- Sultan Qaboos has long been an admirer of classical music and ordered the building of the opera house in 2001
- The Royal Opera House was officially opened in October 2011 with a production of Turandot conducted by Plácido Domingo
- It also hosts performances by Arabian artists such as Majida El Roumi
- It was the first venue in the world equipped with Radio Marconi’s multimedia interactive seatback display system