Astana Opera captivates audiences in new ballet season

Astana Opera captivates audiences in new ballet season

Last weekend, excerpts from masterpieces of world and national choreography opened the new ballet season of Kazakhstan’s main opera house. The best parts from the ballets ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Notre Dame de Paris’, ‘Le Corsaire’ were among them, as well as the duet from the ballet ‘Zaman Tynysy’, ‘Korkyt’ by Steppe Sons and the one-act ballet ‘Scheherezade’. Artistic Director of the Astana Opera Ballet Company Altynai Asylmuratova said that despite the fact that artists continued rehearsing at home throughout the entire quarantine, it was only after the quarantine was relaxed that they were able to begin rehearsals in the theater’s hall in full force following all sanitary norms.

“It is beyond words how we missed our beautiful stage and audience. The opening of the ballet season is a great joy for all of us. Let it be bright and eventful, but most importantly fruitful,” Asylmuratova shared.

The places of honor in the audience hall are occupied by invited health workers. They will attend the Astana Opera events during this and next month as part of the theater’s charity program. The magnificent stage decorations, together with the musical and choreographic accompaniment, have left spectators in admiration. 

“We are delighted by the performing skills of the ballet company: flying ballerinas and charismatic ballet dancers demonstrated technicality, artistry and magnificent aplomb. Undoubtedly, the credit for such training and high professionalism of the dancers goes to the artistic director of the ballet company Altynai Asylmuratova. We regularly attended the ballet performances of the Astana Opera before quarantine, and we have also been following the development of leading soloists since the founding of the theater, so we cannot help, but mention the creative growth of each of them. We are happy that the young cast of performers is in good shape,” said a married couple Nelya and Kirill Nam.

Striking oriental colors and passionate love story - the audience saw all this in the one-act ballet ‘Scheherezade’ with the Astana Opera leading soloist Bakhtiyar Adamzhan as the Golden Slave and the theater’s soloist Anastassiya Zaklinskaya as Zobeide. The spectators said that the ballet dancers did not just perform their parts, but lived the life of their characters on stage. The stage turned into a real and captivating fairy tale thanks to the soloists’ talent.