Royal Opera House Muscat

Muscat, Oman

One of the most beautiful and technically advanced opera houses in the world, this multiform theatre can transform from an intimate 1,100 seat opera house into an 850-seat shoebox-style concert hall with the push of a button. A 500-ton orchestra shell tracks downstage from the back of the house, guided on railway tracks, and fits seamlessly with the auditorium walls. The proscenium arch lifts away, the orchestra pit rises, and the front two rows of seats lower into the floor—all guided by automated systems. The stunning venue is an elegant mix of traditional Arabic and contemporary design and was the first opera house on the Arab peninsula. With the 200,000 square foot facility’s performance flexibility, it has opened the region to a new and enriching world of the performing arts. 

Royal Opera House Muscat
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat
Owner

Diwan of Royal Court

Architect

Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo

Acoustician

Acoustic Dimensions

Users

Touring performances

Seat count

1100

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Concert hall, Multiform theatre, Opera house

Services

Architect and acoustic consultant selection, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2011

Venue website

rohmuscat.org.om

Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Estates Affairs and Royal Opera House Muscat

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