Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A night at the Royal Opera House (Broadway on Ice)

This year was the first that I was to miss some sort of Christmas celebration, not wanting to leave the date unmarked completely we booked to watch Broadway on Ice at the Royal Opera House.

I love theatre so I am really glad that Muscat has a little culture from the The Royal Opera House Muscat, from what I understand it was the first (and maybe still the only) venue for musical arts and culture.
The opera house is located in Shati Al-Qurm district, which I also really like, it is much more bustling than other areas of the city. The Opera House complex contains not only the concert theatre, but also luxury restaurants and shops and is surrounded by landscaped gardens. The cream coloured tiles give it an air of luxury and it looks particularly impressive in the daytime (I'll head out early one day and take some pictures to share).

The season runs from September to May each year and there is a variety of concerts, operas, ballets, and other dance shows from groups and individuals worldwide. Prices for shows vary (there are usually three performances per show) but if you are lucky you can nab the odd cheap seat in the stalls, which is what we did with Broadway on Ice.
As the name suggests the show combined figure skating with well known musicals, such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Singing in the Rain. The interior of the theatre is very classic so having an ice rink contained was quite a contrast.

Another fun aspect to a night at the Opera House is that it has a formal dress code, which gives me a good excuse to dress up (although you still need to remain modest by covering shoulders and wearing a long dress).
We managed to nab some cheap tickets for the opera in January and a ballet later in the year, not in the stalls unfortunately, but having never experienced either the Opera House is the ideal place to introduce us.

If you are in Muscat and are interested in seeing a show you can book, here

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