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PATHWAYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC

 THE ROYAL MUSCAT PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

AND

THE OPERA CHOIR GROUP

Conducted by: HAMDAN AL SHAELY

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE MUSCAT

Sunday 23rd May, 2021 7.30 pm

PERFORMANCE TIMING: 60 minutes





  • LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
    Overture from Coriolanus, Op. 62

    JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819 – 1880)
    Barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffmann


    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
    Final chorus from Die Zauberflöte, K. 620


    JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825 – 1899)
    Emperor Waltz, Op. 437


    W. S. GILBERT (1836–1911) & ARTHUR SULLIVAN (1842–1900)
    Excerpts from the Pirates of Penzanc


THE MUSCAT ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
 
The Muscat Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (MRPO) was formed on 1st March 2010 following a directive from His Majesty, the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and established as the sister orchestra to the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO), which was founded in 1985. Originally, the orchestra was made up of 60 young musicians, of roughly equal numbers of men and women, then in 2012 a further 140 students joined the group. The MRPO was initially divided into two distinct groups each receiving intensive training to build a robust foundation in orchestral technique. Alongside a rigorous timetable of rehearsals, students of MRPO are expected to take advantage of a comprehensive academic timetable offered across a number of subjects.

The orchestra has worked with a number of guest conductors, such as Peter Stark, Mark Messenger, David Curtis and Keith Pascoe, and individually, many MRPO students have taken part in masterclasses, with guest artists such as violist Jonathan Barritt and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.  

The MRPO began performing private concerts in 2018, quickly followed by public concerts within the Royal Guard of Oman. This concert at the Royal Opera House Muscat is their first public performance for a wider audience.

THE MUSCAT ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

FIRST VIOLINS
Mohammed Al Harthi *
Mutaz Al Balushi
Osama Al Hasani
Kholoud Al Hinaei
Lwai Al Jabri
Amjaad Al Qasmi
Salem Al Shaibi
Ibrahim Al Subhi    
Wael Al Yahmadi
    
SECOND VIOLINS
Muwayed Al Habsi *
Tameem Al Ahmedi
Alhajras Al Amri    
Jihan Al Balushi
Almuhanad Al Kisebi
Ahmed Al Mamri
Sarah Al Mushefari    
Rawan Al Nabi    
Issa Al Raisi
Mohammed Al Riyami
Ahmed Al Shabli


VIOLAS    
Nawaf Al Muqimi *
Munther Al Alawi    
Habsi Al Habsi    
Khitam Al Hamadani
Al Hajaj Al Hamedi
Suliman Al Rahbi
Sharifa Al Rawahi    
Anas Al Wahaibi
​CELLOS
Yousef Al Saadi *
Rashid Al Jaabi    
Ghadir Al Mashari
Nasser Al Raisi    
Anfal Al Yarabi    
Mai Al Yousefi

DOUBLE BASSES
Murshid Al Riyami *
Ayman Al Balushi
Hisham Al Balushi
Khamis Al Balushi
Majid Al Wahaibi    

FLUTES
Murshid Al Subhi *
Qusai Al Hadhrami
    
PICCOLO    
Auf Al Balushi
    
CLARINETS
Ameer Al Harthi*
Zawan Al Kharoosi    

OBOES
Saif Al Mawali *    
Maram Al Saadi *
Mohammed Al Ajmi
Riyan Al Rahbi
    
BASSOONS    
Maryam Al Jabri *
Hamza Al Rahbi *
Shifa Al Nadabi

​TRUMPETS
Saleh Al Balushi *
Walid Al Hasani *
Ali Al Saidi    

FRENCH HORNS
Aisha Al Busaidi *
Nusaiba Al Abri
Malak Al Alawi    
Emran Al Balushi
Huthifa Al Balushi    
Luwai Al Kindi    

TROMBONES
Issa Al Mushaiki *
Lwai Al Ahmedi    
Zakaria Al Wahabi

BASS TROMBONE
Atheer Al Shabli    

PERCUSSION
Suad Al Shukili *
Nidal Al Balushi    
Alanoud Al Musalami
Said Al Shekaili    
    
HARP
Sami Al Abri *    

PIANO
Renata Gniatkowski




THE OPERA CHOIR GROUP
 
The Opera Choir Group was formed in October 2012 following a directive from His Majesty, the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. Young people between the ages of 10 and 14, from across Oman, were auditioned. The Opera Choir Group was initially given intensive training in choral technique, focusing in much the same way as the training for the orchestra, in establishing a very strong technical musical foundation upon which to build the sound of the choir. Alongside their music training and academic studies with MRPO, the choir have participated in Royal Opera House Muscat educational workshops, such as the Rossini Project.

The Opera Choir Group has been involved in private performances since December 2015, initially working with the Royal Guard of Oman Military Choir but later performing as the Opera Choir Group. They began giving public concerts in 2017. In January 2019 the ladies of the Opera Choir Group performed with the Royal Guard of Oman's Military Choir and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra at the inauguration concert for the Royal Opera: House of Musical Arts. In September 2019, opera students were invited to audition for ROHM’s production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and nine students were selected to perform in the opera. They have continued to participate in joint ventures with ROSO and the Military Choir.

SOPRANOS
Shikha Al Kharoosi*
Walaa Al Shamakhi
Meznaa Al Zaabi*
Asma Al Balushi
Maryam Al Balushi
Fatma Al Amri
Maisaa Al Amri
Malak Al Hadi
Ameera Al Hesani
Asaalah Al Ketheri
Jehaan Al Najadi
Gamilah Al Saadi
Aisha Al Shehi
Tahani Al Yarubi

ALTOS
Buthina Al Zaabi*
Zainab Al Balushi
Zainab Al Abri
Hayatt Al Awesi
Nahlaa Al Bahri
Marwa Al Dahmani
Raghad Al Sulimani
Rojina Al Syabi


TENORS
Ibrahim Al Hosni*
Naief Al Hosni
Amjad Al Barhi
Suhail Al Buriki
Sultan Al Ghasani

Abdulmunim Al Mashari
Yunis Al Muraiki
Mossa Al Rahbi
Salim Al Rahbi
Suliman Al Syabi

BASSES
Sultan Al Amri*
Aahed Al Badri*
Alqayed Al Abri
Haytham Al Amri
Mustafa Al Azki
Nwaaf Al Badwawi
Faris Al Harasi
Nasser Al Kharoosi
Abdulrahman Al Rahbi
Nwaaf Al Salhi

Yusef Al Wahaibi   


* soloist

Concerts were recorded in accordance with the Covid-19 Supreme Committee guidelines