The recently completed Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), which now stands as the premier venue for musical arts and culture in Oman’s Shati-Al-Qurm district, has general production audio feeds handled by Peavey MediaMatrix NION n3s. Ordered a decade ago by Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, the 1,000-seat venue had 350 Italian performers flown in for the opening night, which encompassed a production of Italian opera Turandot directed by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli (who also designed the set) and conducted by world-renowned Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo. 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,” explains Richard Northwood independent consultant in the installation working with the design and programming. “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.”
Peavey MediaMatrix deployed in Royal Opera House Muscat
Oman's newest opera theatre incorporates several of Peavey’s MediaMatrix NION systems, which send signals to all 70 of the auditoriums loudspeakers.