Astana Opera House shares its repertoire for 2024

The Astana Opera House is preparing a new unique touring program for 2024. The ballet troupe of the capital’s theatre is set to embark on a tour to Slovenia, where they will present the legendary ballet ‘Spartacus’ by Aram Khachaturian at the international festival in Ljubljana. Meanwhile, the opera troupe will perform at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia. This year, the Astana Opera plans to showcase the premiere of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and present new opera productions, including ‘Aisulu’ by Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov and ‘Rigoletto’ by Giuseppe Verdi.

“In addition to ballet and opera performances, we are planning to arrange a variety of concert programs featuring a symphonic orchestra. We will also perform in the Astana Opera’s Kulyash Baiseitova Chamber Hall and the International Opera Academy for young opera singers where premiere shows will take place. Our repertoire is extensive, comprising national operas and ballets as well as works from world classics,” said Azamat Zheltyrguzov, opera company director at the Astana Opera.

One of the long-term goals that the theatre is pursuing today is the promotion of national art. Seeking a contemporary interpretation, the Astana Opera aims to enrich the country’s cultural heritage by infusing it with a new sound. This modernized presentation of national art will be shared with audiences, both domestic and foreign.

“The national opera is always a highlight, consistently captivating sophisticated European audiences and theaters because all Kazakh plays and operas include ballet scenes. Operas such as ‘Abai’, ‘Birzhan-Sara’, ‘Kyz Zhibek’, and ‘Alpamys’ feature ballet performances with beautiful dances and lively music. Last year, the premiere of the opera-ballet ‘Kalkaman-Mamyr’ by Balnur Kydyrbek took place. Now, the production of the ‘Abai’ opera is planned at the Bolshoi Theatre,” Zheltyrguzov added.