Opera and ballet theater to reveal all its secrets


By Laman Ismayilova

Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Azerbaijan is one of the best places for theater lovers. This is where you can catch fascinating opera productions almost every night of the week.

And very soon the theater will reveal all its secrets kept behind the stage on March 27th.

Theater lovers have the chance to enjoy the rehearsals of solo singers, ballet dancers, choir and orchestra as part of the “A Day at the Theater” project.

They will also be able to discover the work of the technical departments that are directly involved in opera productions.

A tour of the theater will be organized at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. People wishing to participate in this event can register by calling the theater administration: 493 94 05.

The National Opera and Ballet Theater played a major role in the formation of Azerbaijani opera art.

“Leyli and Majnun” by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, the first opera in the whole Orient, was first performed at the theater in 1908.

The opera laid the foundation for the new genre in the musical culture of the world, which synthesizes Eastern and European musical forms, resembling a dialogue of two musical cultures of East and West.

It was followed by several national operas such as “Sheikh Sanan” (1909), “Rustam and Zohrab” (1910), “Shah Abbas and Khurshid Banu” (1911), “Asli and Kerem” (1912), “Harun and Leyla” (1915), “Koroghlou” (1932).

Today, the theater continues to delight its guests with fascinating ballets, operas and other theatrical performances.

In 2021, the theater celebrated its 100th anniversary. The chief director of the theater, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Hafiz Guliyev, as well as soloists-honored artist Ilaha Efendieva, Jahangir Gurbanov and Farid Aliyev gave an overview of the country’s operatic art within the framework of the project “United by culture”.

After a hiatus amid the pandemic, the theater delighted its audience with a premiere. The “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Borodin were presented for the first time in the theater.

Polovtsian Dances is a ballet fragment from the opera “Prince Igor”. For almost 18 years Borodin worked on his opera. However, he will present the work to the public as it remained incomplete after Borodin’s death. The opera was completed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.

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