Only two weeks after the Vienna Philharmonic´s New Year´s Concert, the world famous orchestra travelled to the Sultanate of Oman, inaugurating the new concert season at the Royal Opera House Muscat on 16 January 2012. A total of three debuts took place before an enchanted audience: not only the orchestra, but also Maestro Valery Gergiev and the spellbinding young soloist Daniil Trifonov stepped out onto an Omani podium for the very first time. The program featured Russian favorites and lesser known gems alike by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rodion Shtshedrin.
The Vienna Philharmonic were very much impressed by the new venue which sets itself apart by a highly appealing architecture respecting needs of both musicians and audience as well as reflecting the nature of the country itself. Furthermore, auditorium and stage are very flexible thus catering to the special requirements of opera, dance, musical and concert performances.