Prima Ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Tango grace the Royal Opera House Muscat stage

Svetlana Zakharova, Swan Lake. Photo by Jack Devant,

The first ballet of the Royal Opera House Muscat dance season is perhaps the greatest ballet of all time – Swan Lake. 

The compelling story of a swan swimming on a lake of tears, a swan that at dusk turns into the most beautiful woman a Prince has ever seen.

Swan Lake will be performed in the gorgeous classical style by Kazakhstan’s prestigious State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” and the world-class Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova.

It’s a magnificent, romantic production with beautiful period costumes created by the Academy-Award-winning, Tony-nominated costume designer, Franca Squarciapino and atmospheric sets by the distinguished Italian designer, Ezio Frigerio.

Pas de Deux for Fingers and Toes

In an unusual show with the intriguing title, Pas de Deux for Fingers and Toes, music and movement come together in a supreme expression of beauty by Vadim Repin, the man whom Yehudi Menuhin called the “best and most perfect violinist” and Svetlana Zakharova, the woman who became prima ballerina of the Bolshoi and a shining Étoile of Teatro alla Scala. Together they create an ethereal pas de deux in magical realms evocative of dreams.

Svetlana Zakharova
Svetlana Zakharova


This season ROHM is venturing to into avant-garde ballet with a new take on Cinderella with brilliant choreography by Maguy Marin. Performed by Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, the production is set in a doll’s house with costumes to suit. Sergei Prokofiev’s amazing music is played by the superb PKF- Prague Philharmonia.

Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, Cinderella
Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, Cinderella

Recital CanTANGO

ROHM returns to Tango with a thrilling show called Recital CanTANGO. One of the world’s favourite dances, the stunningly stylish and romantic Argentinian tango is danced and its story is recited in song with the extraordinary participation of tenor Fabio Armiliato.

Igor Moiseyev Ballet

ROHM’s 2017-18 dance programme is completed by an evening of traditional dances from around the world by one today’s greatest traditional dance companies, – the Russian Igor Moiseyev Ballet which is renowned for technical brilliance and exuberant virtuosity.

Suite of Mexican dances photo E.Masalkov
Suite of Mexican dances photo E.Masalkov

His Highness Sayyid Kamil Fahad Al Said, Member of the ROHM Board commented:

“In anticipating a wonderful program for the seventh year of the Royal Opera House Muscat, with 35 outstanding new programs and 55 performances, we unveil an inspiring theme for the 2017 – 2018 season: A Legendary Season. Not only does our new season offer an abundance of performers with legendary reputations, but also it is set to further brand the Royal Opera House as a legendary place where the dreams of civilisations are realised.

Our diverse programming spans cultures across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, opening a myriad of windows on the world, while inviting the world to discover Oman’s distinctive cultural traditions, its talent and its contemporary achievements.

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