Omar is a peace-maker who applies his skills and passion to his mission of creating social harmony and empowering individuals. He 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.
Omar 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. He is a keen reader of New Scientist Magazine, a practitioner of Buddhism and a secret Star Wars geek.
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)