MediaMatrix in Muscat opera house

The Royal Opera House Muscat

7 August 2012

Oman - More than a decade after Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman ordered the building of an opera house, his vision has finally became a reality. Work was recently completed on Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), which now stands opulently in the Shati-Al-Qurm district of the city as Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture.

A special production of Turandot took place on the 1,000-seat venue's opening night, which was directed by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli (who also designed the set) and conducted by Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo. Approximately 350 Italian performers were flown in especially on order of the Sultan, to create a musical night to remember.

At the beginning of this gargantuan build, a concrete shell was created and a team of 30 carpenters built a 1:5 scale model of the Sultan's vision, which was regularly subject to change.

Originally, the venue was to be known as the House of Musical Art, designed for orchestral and theatre productions, but it was eventually decided that opera was to take priority.

Local installer, Mustafa Sultan Enterprises, deployed five MediaMatrix NION n3s for ROHM: two for the show relay system, and three for general production audio feeds.

"The system needed to be absolutely discreet for the user, so we put two NIONs in to deal with show relay, feeding audio to the dressing room speakers and back of house, plus taking audio and putting it back out for recording," Northwood explains, "and another three NIONs to route all the various production audio feeds round to the various speakers and processors in the theatre. It's an integral part of the audio system, but entirely invisible, of course."

The NIONs send signal to all 70 of the auditorium's loudspeakers, using its fixed presets.

"Because the venue is meant for live sound, you tend to shy away from automation, so the NION's fixed presets do just what I want them to," he continues. "They are operated from a touch panel, then everything else is done live on the mixer. In a theatre environment, everything has to patch around and change because you don't know what show's coming in next; that's why the NIONs are such an important element of the installation."

(Jim Evans)

 

Tag Cloud

MediaMatrix Muscat opera house Oman vision ROHM venue musical production night designed Sultan change theatre show relay system audio feeds NION speakers back fixed presets live everything

Related Stories from LSi Online

10 May 2013

Digitool Multiprocessors a hit at PLASA Focus

Digitool Multiprocessors a hit at PLASA FocusUK - After last week's PLASA Focus event in Leeds, Peavey Commercial Audio have been delighted with the reaction to the Digitool range of multiprocessors which were shipping the day following the show. "Orders ... More >>

30 April 2013

Sound.com & Optocore mastermind IPL opening

Sound.com & Optocore mastermind IPL openingIndia - Since 2010, Sound.com has been at the forefront of some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events in India. Therefore, when the company embarked, at the beginning of the new financial year with the ... More >>

18 December 2012

Optocore relays audio at mega peace rally

Optocore relays audio at mega peace rallyIndia - A massive spiritual convention, in which 350,0000 worshippers descended on the Indian city of Jalandhar, in the state of Punjab, over three days, saw the audio relayed over the vast site using an Optocore ... More >>

6 November 2012

Abu Dhabi Heritage Theatre invest in Midas

Abu Dhabi Heritage Theatre invest in MidasUAE - A Midas PRO6 console has been supplied to Abu Dhabi's iconic Heritage Theatre, making it the latest high-profile venue in the Middle East to invest in a Midas console. Chicco Hiranandani, business development ... More >>

1 November 2012

Sweden's Lund Cathedral expands with Iconyx

Sweden's Lund Cathedral expands with IconyxSweden - Lund Cathedral in Sweden, the country's oldest and largest church and which dates back to 1080, has expanded its permanently installed RHAON-equipped Iconyx digitally steerable system with the addition of a ... More >>

Peavey's MediaMatrix at Watford FC

Oman opera house opts for Vari-Lites

MediaMatrix at Frankfurt University

Peavey to open West Coast centre

Mega MediaMatrix installation in Doha

Strong turnout at 2012 AV Networking Congress

Arnhem GelreDome upgrades with Powersoft

Oman's BIG Rentals purchases Midas PRO2

Optocore system for Muscat opera house

MediaMatrix adds nTouch interfaces

The Week in Lighting & Sound

Computer networking seminar in Orlando

Nion nE now shipping

BIG Rentals invests in Elements

RST boosts Christie inventory

View AllRelated Stories from LSi Magazine

April 2012April 2012

Page 76: interior designers and the client The Royal Court of Affairs Oman The artistic program of ROH Muscats

Page 72: dreams are more realisable than almost anywhere else Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman

January 2011January 2011

Page 18: reports from Muscat for L SI . . . Oman - Where do you begin when you have to manage a system of 7,000 in

Page 1: reports from Muscat PLUS . . . ISE in Preview • Clay Paky PRG’s Sporting Tour • Asian Partnerships

Page 19: the Muscat Mountains. It’s been a month of sun, sweat and snoozing, where Eastern and Western production

January 2006January 2006

Page 96: to the stadium, 1,090 buses bring them in from schools all over the city and wider urban area of capital Muscat

More Results from LSi Magazine >>

Related Videos from LSi's Video Hub

We were unable to find relevant videos, but please visit LSi's Video Hub for our industry video content, such as product demos, training, interviews, backstage, seminars, events and more...

Video Hub >>

View AllNews Archive

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

Robe
Elation

10 out of 10 Productions

Doughty

Current RMS

MDG

ClearCom

OutBoard

Prolyte 2012

Ambersphere

The Fifth Estate

XL Video 2