The long-awaited opera house near the Causeway by R & F Princess Cove was formally declared open by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Raja Idris Shah, Permaisuri Johor.
Also present at the officiating ceremony were Dato’ Zhang Li and Dato’ Li Sze Lim, Chairmen of R&F Group, Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, MB of Johor, and many other key persons and invited guests.
Permaisuri Zarith Sofiah Opera House, named after and with the permission of HRH Zarith Sofiah, is just 1km away from the Malaysia-Singapore Causeway. Featuring more than 15,600 equilateral aluminum boards, the unique building with three-dimensional effects was inspired from the diamond ornaments of a princess’ crown.
Luxuriously designed, the opera hall can accommodate 600 people, with 5 VIP boxes on the second floor. Seats are upright and installed in a curve to allow the best viewing experience for the audience.
The grand opening saw performances from well-known China-based performers the Ning Xia Performing Arts Group, Jamyang Dolma, Tian Yuan, Sun Fubo, The Oriental Swan, Mei Lanfang, Hacken Lee, Ding Yi and Geng Jie Yu.
Local artists such as Yayasan Warisan Johor Band, Claudia Yang, and Datuk Yusni Hamid also performed on the grand opening night.
R&F Marina Place is a development cluster with six buildings. The Opera House is one of six diamond-shaped buildings in the cluster; the other buildings will house the Ritz Carlton Hotel and a commercial area including high-end wine cellar, fine dining cuisines, fashion, IMAX & 4d theatres, and a viewing deck.
Ideal for hosting events, the outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces are best for product launches, music festivals and art markets while the viewing deck, can be used as an amphitheatre, creating a distinguished experience for guests.