A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic theatre
The Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is located in the heart of Yerevan. It is not only a cultural hub, but also an architectural masterpiece designed by the Armenian architect Alexander Tamanyan. In 1937 the project was awarded the Grand Prize at the international exhibition in Paris. The Yerevan Opera House was founded in the first half of the 20th century—a historically difficult period for the Armenian people. However, the dream of having an opera theatre surmounted the obstacles. Today, the cultural symbol of Armenia stands before us with its classical beauty, magnificent stage well equipped with modern technology, and an amphitheater with more than 1000 seats, and splendid hallways and balconies. The Theatre was officially opened on January 20, 1933 with Alexander Spendiaryan’s Almast opera. Having two thousand years of theatre history, it was only in the 20th century that the Armenian people were able to present to the world the treasures of their opera and ballet. Over the decades of its existence the Theatre has performed numerous classical and contemporary works by Armenian and international composers. Some of the acclaimed productions played throughout the history of the Theatre are Anoush, Almast, and Arshak operas, Gayane and Spartacus ballets, as well as compositions by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Donizetti, Bizet, Bellini, Stravinsky, etc. For over 85 years, the Yerevan Opera House has been representing Armenia in different corners of the world. It has not only been promoting and sharing high culture, but also serving as the driving force for many emerging composers. Throughout its history the Theatre has introduced numerous cutting-edge artists to the world audiences. Today, the Yerevan Opera House continues the theatrical and musical traditions that have been formed over the decades. It is a living organism that is in a constant search for creativity and new ideas. The Theatre continues to play its finest works and is considered one of the leading cultural hubs for foreigners visiting Armenia. The Armenian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet regularly hosts world-renowned opera and ballet artists. The participation of guest artists of Armenian descent in various productions and concerts is especially encouraged. One of the missions of the Theatre is to promote culture throughout Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The Theatre organizes concerts in the regions of Armenia, including performances at the military units aimed at raising the spirit of the Armenia soldier.
The Theatre places a special emphasis on chamber and symphonic concerts, providing its audiences an opportunity to become acquainted with the masterpieces of the world’s musical heritage.