A rich history of opera and ballet

The State Opera & Ballet Theater obtained the title of “Academic” and was officially titled as the State Academic Theater of Opera & Ballet in 1981.
During this time, more than 30 classic and national operas such as “Evgeny Onyegin,” “Iolanta,” “Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky, “Chio-chio san,” “Toska,” “Turandot,” “Trubadore,” “Othello,” by Pucini have been preformed along with 56 ballets, such as “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcraker” by Tchaikovsky, “Gieselle”, and “Corsar” by Ada .
While the core shows are Western, the theater also promotes the creation of original Mongolian works and keeps close ties with Mongolian composers.
The first Mongolian opera, “Three Dramatic Characters,” remains one of the most popular and is performed several times a year, often opening and closing the season. The opera’s libretto was written by Ts. Natsagdorj (1906-1937), often called the father of Mongolian literature, and the music was written by one of the nation’s first classical composers, B. Damdinsuren (1919-1992).
It is a story of thwarted love cloaked in socialist values featuring Mongolian wrestling and long songs.
The opera “Chinggis Khaan” by B. Sharav explores the great Mongol leader’s early years and is performed each season, as is Kh. Bilegjargal’s “Tears of a Lama.”
Jantsannorov is at work on an opera about Zanabazar, the revered 17th-century artist and “god king,” which he hopes will promote Buddhist music in opera as a counterbalance to the pervasive influence of Christian traditions. National themes also make up a significant portion of the State Academic Theater Ballet repertory, among them “Three Hills of Misfortune” by J. Mend-Amar and “The Skilled Khas” by J. Chuluun.
To develop new audiences, the theater conducts outreach activities in city schools and country towns and stages youth-oriented concerts, like a “pop opera” night of famous arias and flashy effects. Mongolia’s mining-fueled economy has begun to boom, leading to increased interest in and support of the arts at home and from abroad,” NY Times reporter Sheila Melvin recently wrote.

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