Kennedy Center companies to perform at Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman
By Anne Midgette and Sarah Kaufman,
The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman — which officially opened last fall and has been operating with considerable participation from the Kennedy Center and its president, Michael Kaiser — announced a 2012-13 season Tuesday that includes two performances by Kennedy Center companies.
After its tour of Spain, Germany and Paris in January and February, the National Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Christoph Eschenbach, will travel to Oman for the first performance ever there by a major American orchestra.
Violinist Dan Zhu will join the orchestra for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Also in February, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet will head to the Middle East for two performances. Repertory will include the Balanchine pieces “Divertimento No. 15,” an excerpt from “Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet” and Valse-Fantaisie.
Also represented in 2012-13 is the Castleton Festival, which will bring its “La Bohème” there in November. Another not-so-distant connection is Francesca Zambello; her Glimmerglass Festival will send its new production of “The Music Man” to Oman in October. The production, however, is not directed by Zambello.
The Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management earned an undisclosed consultancy fee to build the opera house’s staff and develop a strategic plan and programming.