Here is a brief history of the partnership between Rossini Opera Festival and the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), which includes the staging of five Rossini farces.
The first date was in November 2017, when the Festival brought to the Omani theatre L'occasione fa il ladro, already at the ROF in 1987 directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Thirty years after its debut at the Auditorium Pedrotti, Sonja Frisell directed the revival. Christopher Franklin conducted the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini. The cast included Olga Peretyatko (Berenice), Maxim Mironov (Count Alberto), Alessandro Luciano (Don Eusebio), Alfonso Antoniozzi (Martino), Mattia Olivieri (Don Parmenione) and Cecilia Molinari (Ernestina).
In March 2019, it was the turn of La Scala di seta, staged at the ROF in 2009 by Damiano Michieletto. The performance, revived by Eleonora Gravagnola, featured Iván López-Reynoso conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and a cast composed by Marina Monzò (Giulia), Laura Verrecchia (Lucilla), Paolo Bordogna (Germano), Pietro Adaini (Dorvil), Davide Giangregorio (Blansac) and Enrico Iviglia (Dormont).
In February 2020, Graham Vick revived L'inganno felice, which had already been performed at the ROF in 1994. Diego Matheuz conducted the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and a cast consisting of Laura Giordano (Isabella), Daniel Umbelino (Bertrando), Elcin Huseynov (Ormondo), Omar Montanari (Tarabotto) and Carles Pachón (Batone).