Omar Shahryar -
cultural leader
Creator of award-winning musical projects for international opera companies and arts organisations seeking to engage new audiences
The artistic mission
"...a place cannot come to life musically until the inhabitants perform their own music. Moreover, there can be no real understanding of music without creating it. Can one imagine teaching art without ever encouraging children to draw, paint and make sculptures?"
- Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Award-winning Music
Inspirational Impact
Empowering Experiences
As a composer, director, consultant, presenter and workshop leader, my goal is to inspire a human revolution in performers, participants and publics.

Specialising in opera and musical theatre, my music uses genres from contemporary hip hop to traditional Indian dhrupad to express my vision of multicultural harmony.
Why people work with me? Recipient of a doctorate in composition from the University of York, I use best artistic and educational methodologies developed by the world's leading opera houses.

I regularly deliver projects for the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Royal Opera House of Oman, among many others.
Portfolio highlights
Explore some of Omar's past projects and compositions
Omar Shahryar is an award-winning composer, facilitator and peace-maker working for opera companies and arts festivals around the world. His internationally acclaimed opera about young people's reactions to extremism, A Shoe Full of Stars, won the YAMAward Prize for Best Opera for Young People 2018 and was reported on by UK national news programmes. His next opera, The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me, is touring with English Touring Opera in Spring 2020.

Omar has led participatory music projects for some of the world's leading opera companies and concert halls, including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera, Wigmore Hall and Streetwise Opera. He has led artist trainings for the Royal Opera House of Norway and the Royal Opera House of Oman.

Omar is the Artistic Director of Opera Schmopera, an opera company for young people, and a board member for Tête-à-tête Opera Company and the European Network of Opera, Music and Dance Education (RESEO). 2020 saw Omar finish his PhD thesis in the Composition of Opera for Young People at the University of York funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Commission new work
The creation of contemporary work is an expression of a vision.
What is yours?
Commission a work
Delight your audience with music they will want to hear, tailored perfectly to the needs of the performer. Whether a song to celebrate for a loved one or an entire operatic oeuvre, Omar is ready to meet your brief and exceed your expectations.
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Develop a project
Create an outreach project in harmony with your strategic objectives. Engage new audiences and inspire existing ones with a participatory project that will open their eyes to their own musicality. Omar will use his expertise to effectively deliver to your needs.
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Hold a dialogue
Consult an expert in arts education strategy, or receive mentoring an initial project idea. An expert in dialogue and in hearing others, Omar can provide valuable reflection on even the most challenging subject and is always open for conversation.
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