Galym Akhmedyarov: True Artistry Is a Must for an Opera House


Astana Opera’s general director, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Galym Akhmedyarov, spoke in an interview about the audience’s needs, new theatrical trends, and also about the opera house’s significance in the life of the city’s residents, Delovoy Kazakhstan reports.

What performances will start the year? Also, could you tell us how much the opera house is in demand today among the residents of the capital?

- I believe that today the opera house is an important part of the life of the residents of our city, a kind of cultural symbol of the capital. We are seeing the public demand for quality performances. I would like to note that Astana Opera is always sold out, and the performances find an ardent response in the theatregoers’ hearts. You know, the time has become much richer: five years is already an era. The next theatrical season will be significant for us: we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. A lot has happened during this time, but the main thing is that Nur-Sultan’s own viewership is being formed. That is, the colossal goal to which we strive – to create a cultural environment in the capital, to expand the circle of viewers – is close. In order to achieve such important tasks, we offer the audience opera and ballet performances and music programs at the highest level.

As for the opera house’s February playbill, it features our wonderful productions – Adolphe Adam’s ballet Le Corsaire on an adventure theme about the life of pirates, Raimondo Rebeck’s new original ballet Beethoven – Immortal – Love, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Yerkegali Rakhmadiyev’s opera Alpamys, Gioachino Rossini’s opera La Scala di Seta, as well as a number of musical evenings, which will be held in the Baiseitova Chamber Hall. Among them is the concert Asyl Arman, prepared for the 100th anniversary of Roza Baglanova.