Omar is sought-after as a composer, director and workshop leader for national opera companies and community arts organisations who seek to engage new audiences. Omar's works ignite the spark of passion in audiences and participants alike.

In 2015 Omar was awarded AHRC Competition funding to read a PhD in the Composition of Opera for Young People at the University of York.

Quick facts:
8 year career
Directed/assisted 38 opera projects
Led 37 music workshops
Composed 4 chamber operas
Composed 3 musicals
Performed 2 rap songs
Founded Opera Schmopera

Resume 2015

Tete-a-tete Festival :
Crossing Dartmoor  a theatricalised song cycle composed by Caitlin Rowley

Director

RM19 (ROH) :
All Change choral opera with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19 Youth Chorus

Associate Director

Hatstand Productions :
Cleopatra's Key a 1-act musical at the Bridewell Theatre & Ibiza Tour

Composer & MD

Southbank Centre :
Urban Vani combining vocal styles of kathak (Indian), beatboxing (urban) and musical theatre

Composer

Britten Sinfonia Creative Learning : commission to compose O to make the most jubliant song devised with four community ensembles in Peterborough

Composer

North East London Voices : inspiring singing and song-writing in Redbridge and Waltham Forrest

Composer

2014

Tete-a-tete Festival :
The Sweeper of Dreams a 10 minute chamber opera

Composer & Director

Tete-a-tete Festival :
Breadcrumbs a 10 minute songspiel composed by Caitlin Rowley

Director

Three Course Opera :
a three act opera with a three course meal!

Director

Hackney Children's Theatre :
Cheesecake, The Mousical a 40 minute musical for 4-7 yr olds

Composer

Hatstand Productions :
Nicola a 1-act musical at the Bridewell Theatre & Ibiza Tour

Composer & MD

2013

Breathe Freely :
a new chamber opera by composer Julian Wagstaff, co-produced by Scottish Opera

Director

Spitalfields Winter Festival :
EastEnd Notes Multi-faith male-voice community choir for East London

Project Director/Composer-MD

Opera Schmopera :
creating new opera-circus-puppet-theatre-dance-cabaret-happenings

Composer/Director/Producer

2012

Scottish Opera :
Clemency

Assistant Director

English National Opera :
Caligula

Assistant Director

Birmingham Opera Company :
Life is a Dream

Assistant Director

Risky Things Theatre Company :
A Journey to my Father forum theatre piece exploring empowerment and confidence to counter racism and bullying

Pianist/Actor/Facilitator

2011

I wrote you a song :
Song-writing and commissioning project

Composer

Shakespeare Songs :
Recording and performance project

Composer/performer

Vision for London :
opera-writing project with children in Southall

Director and composer

Here's what they say about Omar as a workshop leader:

"Omar, you were simply brilliant managing to get them to write and sing their own opera in the final part of our afternoon's workshop!"

Turville Schools Trust

"Thank you, Omar for teaching us and for pulling my talent out. You have made me feel like I'm a musician. Music is my talent. I love my talent. This is the best talent ever that I have ever had. I hope when you teach others they will feel the same as I do."

from Inderjit, 10 yrs old