Opening of sublime NOVAT Opera & Ballet
The Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre is the largest musical theatre in Russai. It has always been in the vanguard of cultural life in Russia, ranking among the best musical companies in the country.The theatre building is the main architectural symbol of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia.
The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre opened on 12 May 1945 with Glink's opera Ivan Susanin. During its first season, the theatre presented eight premiers: seven operas and its first ballet Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam.
In 2015 the theatre received a new name - NOVAT and in the past few years it has undergone major renovations, and now it has two comfortable multi-purpose venues supplied with the most advanced lighting and sound equipment: the Grand Stage Hall is designed to host up to 1449 spectators, while the Small Stage Hall holds 321 seats.
In 2020 the theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary. That occasion was marked with the premiere of Balanchine's Jewel and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Several concerts featuring world opera and ballet stars has also been scheduled for the anniversary year, but were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic outbreak.
While preserving and developing the traditions of academic art, NOVAT constantly searches for new ways to reach its audience and introduces fresh artistic solutions aimed at grooming the next generation of theatre-goers. This call is answered by the theatre projects Open NOVAT designed for teenagers and NOVAT for kids specially developed for the youngest members of the audience.
One of the key aspects of NOVAT’s work these days is maintaining a live conversation with Russian and global cultural communities. The theatre studies the work of major musical companies engaging best opera and ballet artists, tutors and musicians from Russia and Europe. In order to develop professional international relationships and to facilitate artistic experience exchange, NOVAT joined the international association Opera Europa in 2017.