Omar is sought-after as a composer, director, choral director and workshop leader for national opera companies and community arts organisations across Europe who seek to engage new audiences. He is the founder-director of OPERA SCHMOPERA, which makes new operas for young people.
Omar considers himself a peace-maker who applies his skills and passion to his mission of creating social harmony and empowering individuals. He was the first artist to be interviewed for Opera Up Close's Artists who inspire us series. He is a passionate champion for fostering youth and diversity.
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.
9 year career
Directed/assisted 39 opera projects
Led 39 music outreach projects
Composed 4 chamber operas
Composed 3 musicals
Performed 2 rap songs
Founded Opera Schmopera
Omar's specliasim lies in Opera, Musicals, Songwriting and the facilitation of amateur groups to compose vocal music collectively. (view full resume)
Omar has a wealth of experience in the creation and production of opera having worked for the UK's major opera companies including Royal Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera and Grange Park Opera. (view full resume)
In 2013 Omar founded EastEnd Notes, a cross-cultural male-voice choir, with support from the Spitalfields Festival.
As an educator, Omar has created and facilitated workshops to engage and inspire hard-to-reach communities and children of all ages. He has also led training workshops for teachers and arts professionals with Royal Opera and Olso Opera House as part of the Write An Opera scheme. (view full resume)
"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