State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera”
The State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” was founded in 2013 on the initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The largest theatre in Central Asia, Astana Opera 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.
Today, the repertoire of the Astana Opera House includes works by the renowned national composers, spanning the operas Birzhan – Sara by Tulebayev, Abai by Zhubanov and Khamidi, Kyz Zhibek by Brusilovsky, along with the ballet Karagoz to the music of Zhubanova. The world classics presented at the Astana Opera include operas such as Verdi’s Attila, Aida and La traviata, Puccini’s La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and operatic farsa comica La scala di seta, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; ballets such as 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, and Adam’s Le Corsaire and Giselle; productions such as Eifman’s Rodin, Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris, MacMillan’s Manon; as well as one-act ballets, including Rebeck’s How Long is Now?, Zvereva’s Sounds of Time, Fokine’s Chopiniana and Scheherazade, etc.
Principal Conductor is Alan Buribayev, Artistic Director of the Ballet Company is Altynai Asylmuratova.
Celebrated foreign and Kazakhstani artists who have staged performances include Franco Zeffirelli, Yury Grigorovich, Boris Eifman, Altynai Asylmuratova, Andris Liepa, Alan Buribayev, Giancarlo del Monaco, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Lorenzo Amato, Luca Ronconi, Davide Livermore, Raimondo Rebeck and others; with the participation of the prominent set designer Ezio Frigerio and the costume designer, Academy Award winner Franca Squarciapino, as well as the talented Kazakhstani designers Sofya Tasmagambetova and Pavel Dragunov.
Along with the famed Kazakhstani artists such as Bibigul Tulegenova, Alibek Dnishev, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, Nurzhamal Ussenbayeva, Alan Buribayev, Zhaniya Aubakirova, Maira Mukhamedkyzy, Marat Bisengaliev and others, the world-famous stars appeared on the stage of the Astana Opera House, including Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Elena Obraztsova, Valery Gergiev, José Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Marcelo Álvarez, Svetlana Zakharova, Iana Salenko, Anna Antonicheva, Olga Smirnova, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev, Vladimir Spivakov, Ildar Abdrazakov and Giuseppe Acquaviva…
Prominent Kazakhstani companies have performed on tour at the Astana Opera, as well as those of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlo di Naples, the Genoese Teatro Carlo Felice, the Opéra National de Paris, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg State Academic Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Tbilisi Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Abai Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Karaganda Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy, 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, and two performances of La traviata, starring Plácido Domingo as Germont. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Karl Jenkins’s Solemn Ode Shine Astana, performed under the baton of the Principal Conductor of the Astana Opera House Alan Buribayev and featuring more than a thousand choir performers and orchestra musicians from Kazakhstan, Italy and other countries, were also a great success.
During the 6th season, the Astana Opera House received two awards: the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of literature and art for staging the opera Abai by Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi (2018) and the International Professional Music BraVo Award in the field of classical art, in which the Astana Opera became the leader in the category “The Concert / Theatre Venue of the Year” (Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, 2019).
The State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” is available for all social groups of population, including people with disabilities. The opera house offers a “barrier-free environment”: wide doorways, secure ramps, a special lift and other necessary attributes, enabling safe and maximum comfortable viewing of performances and concerts.