State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera”
The State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” was founded in 2013 on the initiative of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Theatre is constructed according to the best classical architectural traditions entwined with the Kazakh national motifs. The technical capabilities of the Astana Opera House conform to world standards.
On 21 June 2013, the Theatre officially opened its first season with the opera Birzhan – Sara by the Kazakh classical composer Mukan Tulebayev. In the autumn of the same year, the inauguration of the Astana Opera House, which was presented to the world community with Verdi’s Attila, took place.
Today, the repertoire of the Astana Opera House includes works by renowned national composers, spanning the operas Abai by Zhubanov and Khamidi and Kyz Zhibek by Brusilovsky, along with the ballet Karagoz to the music of Zhubanova, as well as world opera and ballet classics such as Verdi’s Aida and La traviata, Puccini’s La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, G.Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Khachaturian’s Spartacus, Asafyev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Minkus’s La Bayadère and Don Quixote, Eifman’s ballet Rodin, Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris, MacMillan’s Manon and others. Artists who have staged performances include Yury Grigorovich, Boris Eifman, Altynai Asylmuratova, Mikhail Pandzhavidze – with the participation of the prominent stage designer, Ezio Frigerio and the costume designer, Academy Award winner, Franca Squarciapino, Sofya Tasmagambetova and Pavel Dragunov.
Along with the famed Kazakhstani artists such as Bibigul Tulegenova, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, Zhaniya Aubakirova, Nurzhamal Ussenbayeva, Alan Buribayev, Maira Mukhamedkyzy and others, the world-famous stars appeared on stage of the Astana Opera House, including Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Elena Obraztsova, Valery Gergiev, José Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Marcelo Álvarez, Svetlana Zakharova, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Spivakov and Ildar Abdrazakov…
Prominent Kazakhstani companies have performed on tour at the Astana Opera, as well as those of the Teatro di San Carlo di Naples, the Genoese Teatro Carlo Felice, the Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersburg, the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Tbilisi Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre, etc. As part of the EXPO-2017, a number of significant events were a great success at the Astana Opera, including the 25th anniversary edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition, two performances of La traviata, starring Plácido Domingo as Germont, the tour of the Milanese Teatro alla Scala which presented Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as well as Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 featuring 1,200 choir performers and orchestra musicians from Kazakhstan and Italy.
The State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” is available for all social groups of population, including people with disabilities. There is a “barrier-free environment” in the opera house: wide doorways, secure ramps, a special lift and other necessary attributes, enabling safe and maximum comfortable viewing of performances and concerts.