ROHM releases free opera broadcasts

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The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has announced a series of free broadcasts on its YouTube channel which can be viewed by audiences at their convenience.

‘The Magic Flute or Defeating the Monsters’ has been made accessible for viewing on June 21 and ‘Sounds of Summer Blooms’ will be released on June 23.

The Magic Flute Or Defeating The Monsters is an interactive opera based on Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and was commissioned by ROHM and presented by Teatro Sociale di Como As.Li.Co on March 23, 2016. Hundreds of school children enjoyed the show, truly engaging with the performance and opening them up to the world of opera and music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was a child prodigy, performing to royalty by the age of five, who in his lifetime wrote over 600 pieces of music, 13 of which were operas. He died in penury in his 35th year. He is probably the most famous classical musician in the world, stated the ROHM press release.

The opera, Magic Flute, is about a young man who takes on a series of tasks to win the hand, heart and freedom of his love.

The interactive production begins as night falls: in his bedroom, a boy is pretending to read a book, waiting for the chance to resume his favorite video game, The Magic Flute, where the hero Tamino fights an incredible monster to save the beautiful Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. The game becomes reality and the boy becomes Tamino, and the fight becomes a fight for his life.

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is an opera about virtue versus evil, daylight versus night, reason versus irrationality. Mozart delves into the characters, fears and heart’s desires to create a story matched by a musical score of drama and lightness. “Our version of The Magic Flute is tailored to draw in younger listeners to opera. Look out for the marvellous arias of Papageno and the Queen of the Night, songs which have become symbolic of Mozart and opera which is accessible to all audiences, young and old, both those new to opera and seasoned fans,” stated ROHM.

Sounds of Summer Blooms 

“As part of our ongoing collaboration with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) China, we are releasing a special concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven on our YouTube channel. The concert was staged as part of their online concert series ‘Sound of Summer Blooms’ and performed by the orchestra of the NCPA, China,” it stated.

The concert presents two works by Beethoven. Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21: was his first symphony, very classical in style which aptly heralds a new dawn and changes ahead for the symphonic form of the day. The second pieces is his Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68 also known as the ‘Pastorale’, is a beautiful piece inspired by the sounds of nature: Spring, birdsong and the drama and vibrancy of a storm. This type of symphony was a ground breaking form of music at the time. Both pieces have a happy, uplifting feel for audiences to enjoy.

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