Astana Opera brings ‘The Nutcracker’ to Dubai Opera stage

Vibrant emotions and a festive New Year atmosphere: such is the lasting impression left by the Astana Opera theatre troupe on Dubai’s cultural scene. Over four days, Kazakh artists shared their craft with an international audience. The program commenced with George Frideric Handel’s renowned oratorio, ‘Messiah.’ Subsequently, for the following three days, the Astana Opera Ballet and Symphony Orchestra brought genuine winter magic to the stage of Dubai Opera with the famous ballet, ‘The Nutcracker.’

Aigerim Akimzhanova, Correspondent:

For over two centuries, the New Year’s fairy tale of the triumph of good over evil has captivated audiences. At all times, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet has stood out as one of the world’s most famous and beloved works. The Astana Opera Theater first presented ‘The Nutcracker’ in the renowned production by Yuri Grigorovich in 2014. Today, this performance stands as one of its signature productions, attracting thousands of spectators to the Dubai Opera.

It is noteworthy that over three days, 10,000 spectators visited Dubai Opera to witness the famous ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. The performance was a resounding success, with tickets sold out months in advance. Audience included not only residents of the United Arab Emirates but also guests from other countries who came to see the ballet.

“I really enjoyed the choreography. I think the dancing is exquisite. The costumes are very beautiful. The lighting really compliments the dancing and the costumes. The orchestra is beautifully acoustic,” Terence Starr, a resident from London, said.

“I’ve seen the Nutcracker previously, but I really think, it’s a really nice good-quality show. So, I am really impressed with the choreography and the stage set up, really nice,” Reka Koszta, a Dubai resident, shared.

The experienced soloists and young artists of the Astana Opera Theater demonstrated the symbiosis of energy, refined movements, and high technique on the stage of Dubai Opera.

“Thanks to the audience’s support and their enthusiasm, we feel truly inspired. When our audience supports us in this way, we respond by putting all our skills into making our performance even better. The reception we received gave us tremendous strength; our team couldn't help but show their emotions—everyone was smiling and rejoicing,” Dias Kurmangazy, Astana Opera’s ballet soloist, said.

The magical melodies of Tchaikovsky, performed by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Abzal Mukhitdin, immersed the audience in the anticipation of New Year miracles.