Astana Opera (Kz. Астана опера) is a newly constructed opera house, opened in 2013 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Astana Opera (Rus: Астана опера) is a newly constructed opera house in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the basis of an ukaze of Nursultan Nazarbayev. The design of the building – a mix of Greco-Roman classicism and Baroque – was by a group of international architects. The construction began on July 6 of 2010 under direction of Mabetex Group. It has been built on a 9 ha site. The opera house opened in 2013.
The front of Astana Opera evokes the famous Pantheon, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Ak Orda palace, the residence of the President of Kazakhstan.
The opera house includes two halls: the Main Hall (1250 seats), which hosts opera and ballet shows, and has an orchestra pit with room for up to 120 musicians; the Chamber Hall (250 seats), for chamber music concerts. Birch wood, beech and cherry in floors and walls ensure a rich, far-reaching sound. The voices of the instruments and artists singing on the stage can reach every corner, every single person sitting in the odeum.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Astana Opera, special thanks to Assel Nakupova and Yekaterina Romanova.