The Royal Opera House Muscat (دار الأوبرا السلطانية) is one of the most gorgeous architectural masterpieces in the Sultanate of Oman and the host of some of the biggest cultural events in Oman. If you are coming to visit Muscat you have to pass by the Opera House to witness the magnificence and beauty of its design. The Royal Opera House is located in Shatti Al Qurum facing the Sultan Qaboos Highway and near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the time of writing this post, the Royal Opera House hosts free public tours of the building only on Thursday and visitors must book online in advance before they come. [UPDATE 09/09/2013: The Royal Opera House Muscat is now open to the public to view the main hall and the theater daily from 8.30am to 10.30am]. However, even if you do not come on an official tour, you can still come to see the building and walk around it from the outside. You can also always walk inside the building to visit the box office, even if you do not plan on buying any actual tickets, to have a sneak peak of the gorgeous interior design of the building.
The season of the Royal Opera House Muscat starts in September and ends in June the year after. The Opera House has hosted numerous international and regional shows including worldwide classics, and also hosts Oman’s own Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. The big blockbuster shows such as actual operas usually sell out months before the show, but for many other performances you can usually buy your tickets right before the performance online or by walking in and buying your tickets from the box office.
The theater of the Royal Opera House Muscat features state of the art technology including configurable subtitles for operas displayed on individual touch screens in front of each seat.
The Royal Opera House follows a strict formal dress code for attending shows, no jeans, shirts, or tennis shoes are allowed. Unusually for this part of the world, timing is also strictly followed, ticket holders are not allowed into the theater if the arrive after the show starts and instead they are made to wait in a room to watch the show from a screen until intermission.
For more details on the Royal Opera House Muscat, shows, and tickets visit their official website here.