Opera in Armenia
11.06.2024 Armenia Yerevan   16
Opera in Armenia

Don't miss out on art and culture while in Yerevan! The capital offers everything from jazz and symphonic music to ballet and opera, all at affordable prices. In this article you can learn more about the history of opera and opera productions in Armenia.

Dikran Chukhajian is known as the founder of the Armenian opera tradition. In 1868 he wrote Arshak II, the first great Armenian opera, filled with choruses and ballets. The opera tells the story of the ancient king of the same name, who ruled Armenia from 350 to 367 AD.

Armen Tigranyan ranks among the most famous opera composers of Armenia of the twentieth century. Tigranian was born in Russia and is best remembered today for his masterpiece Anush, a tragic love story set in an Armenian village. The performance, based on a poem by Hovhannes Tumanyan, beautifully combines traditional folk music.

In 1912, Anush debuted as Armenia's first opera in the folk theater of Armenia's second largest city Gyumri (then Alexandropol). The site no longer functions as before: now the Gyumri branch of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is located here. However, it retained the intricate stone façade of the former opera house while using modern red synthetic building materials.

In 1935, Anoush was first professionally presented in National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. This cultural symbol, located in the center of Yerevan, boasts two huge halls with a capacity of 2,600 seats, where operas, ballets and concerts are regularly held.

The building was opened on January 20, 1933 in honor of the composer, conductor and the founder of Armenian national symphonic music Alexander Spendaryan. His opera Almast was the first performance ever staged in a modern building designed by the giant of Armenian architecture Alexander Tamanyan. He was the inspiration for Yerevan Republic Square, the State Medical University and other iconic buildings.

Today, the Armenian Opera and Ballet Theater often stage “Anush” and “Arshak II”, as well as world classics such as ​​like La Traviata, Carmen and Aida, all of which are accompanied by English subtitles during performances. Over time, they will expand their playlist of both Armenian and international masterpieces of opera and ballet with the goal of presenting them on the local stage.

Tickets can be purchased at the opera box office in person or online. Prices typically range from 15 to 50 euros, depending on the venue and event.

In addition to enjoying the performances, visitors can now take a tour of the opera house, discover what goes on behind the scenes to make the magic happen , and even meet some of the people responsible for every aspect of the performances. Multilingual tours, available for groups of 10 to 25 people, can be booked for AMD 3,000 (€7) per person.

So let the show begin!

Source: armenia.travel

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