The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater celebrates its 75th anniversary, the press service of NOVAT reported.

The construction of the theater building began in 1931. In 1940, the main construction of the unique architectural structure was almost completed, finishing work was going on inside the building and in the stage complex. Due to the war, the opening had to be postponed, the theater building became a repository of the country’s cultural values. The evacuated exhibits of the leading museums of Moscow and Leningrad were placed here.

In the fall of 1942, at a very difficult time for the country, the government decided to include the Novosibirsk Opera House in the list of priority construction projects. In February 1944, the building was put into operation, the formation of creative teams of the theater and repertoire began.

The opening of the theater took place on May 12, 1945, with a performance of Mikhail Glinka’s opera “Ivan Susanin”. During its first creative season, the Novosibirsk theater presented 8 premieres – 7 opera productions and its first ballet performance – “Le Corsaire” by A. Adam.

On December 30, 1963, the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater was awarded the title of “Academic”.

Since its opening, the theater has hosted more than 400 premieres and relaunches of opera and ballet performances. The performances of 30 of them were first presented at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater, and subsequently received worldwide recognition.

To mark the 75th anniversary of NOVAT, a large-scale reconstruction of the Great Hall was carried out, after which it accommodates 1449 comfortable seats, and a new ceremonial curtain adorned the theater stage. In addition, the stage mechanization has been completely renewed in the theater, about 1000 units of new sound and lighting equipment have been installed.

The Grand Hall, renewed for the anniversary, opened with a landmark premiere – George Balanchine’s ballet masterpiece Jewels with the participation of Russian ballet stars. NOVAT is one of three Russian theaters, along with the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi, to which the Balanchine Foundation granted the right to stage the famous ballet.

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