Season 3 of Royal Opera House Muscat to witness diversity -
A selection of gems from the world of Indian classical performing arts will be part of a scintillating array of world-class performances lined up by the Royal Opera House Muscat when a third season of shows begins in September.
From India comes four celebrated concerts and musicals that promise to take audiences in the Sultanate on a journey of enchantment through the rich diversity of the sub-continent’s classical music heritage.
This ‘Voyage to India’ starts with a performance of the ‘Nine Jewels of India presenting Panchtatva’, which is a multimedia musical on the five elements of nature.
Nine of India’s musical luminaries unite for a compelling musical portrait of nature’s five elements: earth, wind, water, fire and space. Sure to appeal to a multigenerational audience, the performers are acclaimed vocalist Pandit Jasraj, flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, sitar star Niladri Kumar, ghatam player T H Vikku Vinayakram, kanjira expert Selva Ganesh, Shridhar Parthasarathy on the mridangam, and tabla players Ramkumar Mishra and Yogesh Samsi.
Actress and arts advocate Durga Jasraj weaves together the complementary musical segments to create a moving reflection on the fragility of the environment. Back to back shows are set for September 17-18.
Next on the Indian menu is ‘The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel’, which will be staged during November 29-30.
Acclaimed Indian director Roysten Abel brings together musicians from the deserts of Rajasthan for a full-throttle musical production that fuses the highly energetic sound of the Manganiyars — a caste of Muslim musicians from the heart of India’s Thar Desert — with the visual seduction of Amsterdam at night.
Featuring 43 musicians spanning three generations, seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in a four-by-nine stack, The Manganiyar Seduction is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the ears.
Celebrated Indian musician and composer Zakir Hussain will headline India’s first professional orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of India, at shows lined up during February 25-26, 2013.
The Symphony Orchestra of India conducted by Zane Dalal was founded in 2006 and draws talented musicians from around the world while developing musical talent within India. Beyond its role as the country’s leading Western classical ensemble, the Mumbai-based orchestra has also earned acclaim for its performance at the fifth Festival of the World’s Symphony Orchestras in Moscow.
This performance with Music Director and violinist Marat Bisengaliev also features the internationally renowned Indian musician and composer Zakir Hussain who has toured extensively and taught advanced tabla in India and abroad throughout his four-decade career. Banjo player Béla Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer are counted among the most innovative and influential advocates of the American bluegrass genre, and their collaborations with Hussain have earned praise for “the musicians’ delicate and sympathetic interplay.” (Los Angeles Times).
One of their famous collaboration was the triple concerto commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, The piece, titled The Melody of Rhythm; Concerto premiered on September 9, 2006 with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Nashville Symphony and led to many successful collaborations between the three artists.
Rounding off the musical voyage is a pair of performance by legendary Indian violinist and composer Dr L Subramaniam during March 6-7, 2013.
Indian violinist, composer, and conductor Dr L Subramaniam has gained international acclaim with his dynamic performances in both Western and traditional Carnatic classical styles. His own compositions for orchestra, ballet and film combine these Eastern and Western traditions. The New York Times raves, calling him “Positively dazzling … he achieved a delicate balance of all these factors (technique, sense of structure, development, soul, and intensity)
[and] balanced wrenchingly beautiful melodic exposition with tumbling multi-noted cascades.”
Winner of several international awards and in recognition of his contribution to music, the University of Madras, the Bangalore University, and the University of Sheffield conferred him with Honorary Doctorates
Last week, the Royal Opera House Muscat unveiled an awe-inspiring calendar of performances as part Season 3, which begins on September 12 and concludes on April 24, 2013.
Oman’s award-winning opera house has described Season 3 as a true manifestation of its commitment to global cultural engagement with an amazing diversity of attractions from six continents starting with Verdi’s grand opera Aida, performed by the Warsaw National Opera, on September 12, 2012.
From world famous operas such as La Bohème, Simon Boccanegra and Madama Butterfly to the spectacular soloists Jessye Norman, Roberto Alagna and Joshua Bell, Season 3 will also include performances by celebrated artistes, such as Arab lute songs by Safwan Bahlawan and Ahmed Fathi, the famed musical The Music Man and stunning evenings of dance by Paul Taylor Dance Company, a festival of a cappella music, A Stravinsky Ballet Evening and Ballet Folklórico de México.