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Nizhny Novgorod, opera house: performances, history, troupe, reviews

The Opera House (Nizhny Novgorod) has passed a long and difficult path of becoming. Today his repertoire is rich and versatile. It includes not only operas and ballets, but also operettas and performances for children.


The first musical and theatrical performances in the city took place in 1798. Then the prince NG. Shakhovskoy brought his serf company to Nizhny Novgorod. Opera theater, state, with its professional permanent troupe was opened in 1935. His first performances are the opera by A. Borodin "Prince Igor" and the ballet by L. Minkus "Don Quixote". In 1937, in connection with the centenary of the death of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, the theater was given the name of this great poet. In 1938 a young, future director Boris Pokrovsky came to work here. Thanks to him, unique performances took place, which became significant for the company.

During the war, the theater's repertoire included a series of patriotic performances. At the same time operettas were included in the poster, as people in those severe years needed comedies.

In the postwar years the repertoire changed. A large part of it consisted of performances, music for which was written by Soviet composers.

In the 70's. Young artists came to the troupe. In 1980, the theater came to work as an artist A.D. Sukhanov. This talented person today is the artistic director of the opera troupe and the main theater director.

In 1986 the theater organized and for the first time held the festival "Boldin Autumn", which became an annual and received the status of the International.

In 2010 the Nizhny Novgorod opera carried out a very interesting project. The theater staged an operetta "The Princess of the Circus" with the participation of circus performers of the city.

The repertoire today includes performances not only for adults, but also for children. Arrangements for young spectators are created on fairy-tale subjects and with the use of music by classical composers. In children's performances bright scenery and very beautiful costumes are used.

The building of the theater was built in 1903. Initially, it was planned to place a people's home there. But soon this room was given to a new young troupe. The hall of the opera house (Nizhny Novgorod) accommodates 1152 seats.

Opera repertoire

A variety of repertoire presents to its audience the opera house (Nizhny Novgorod). His poster offers performances of several musical genres.

In the Nizhny Novgorod theater you can hear the following operas:

  • Count Nuline.
  • The Barber of Seville.
  • The Tsar's Bride.
  • Anna - Marina.
  • "Boris Godunov".
  • "The Queen of Spades."
  • "Floria Tosca".
  • "Eugene Onegin".
  • Madame Butterfly.
  • "Iolanta".
  • "Terem-Teremok".
  • "Mozart and Salieri."
  • Carmen.
  • Cherevichki.
  • "Aida".
  • "Prince Igor".
  • "La Traviata".
  • "This is what everyone does, or the School of Lovers."
  • Ivan Susanin.
  • "Mermaid".
  • Mazepa.
  • The Cossacks.

Ballet repertoire

Khoreographic performances are famous for Nizhny Novgorod. The Opera House offers its audience the following ballets:

  • "Don Quixote".
  • "Poetry of dreams and life".
  • Esmeralda.
  • "Love Stories".
  • "Sleeping Beauty".
  • "Nutcracker".
  • "Snow White".
  • "Three piglets".
  • "Juno and Avos".
  • "Swan Lake".
  • "Thousand and One Nights".
  • "Giselle."
  • "Faces of love, or Casanova."
  • "Spartacus".
  • "The flame of passion and love."
  • «Per Gynt».
  • "Bakhchsarai Fountain".


Unlike most theaters of opera and ballet, Nizhnihorsodsky pleases its audience with musical comedies as well.

Transverse repertoire:

  • "Coco Chanel: the pages of life."
  • "Silvia".
  • "The Bremen Town Musicians".
  • "My beautiful lady."
  • "Wait for me".
  • The Sevastopol Waltz.
  • "Hanuma".
  • "Bat".
  • "Baba Chanel".
  • "Merry Widow".
  • «White Acacia».
  • "Mr. X".

New Year

From December 26, 2015 to January 6, 2016, you could see a children's New Year performance at the Opera House (Nizhny Novgorod). His main characters were the characters of the animated cartoon "Well, Wait", favorite by several generations, the famous Wolf and the Hare. They and the children who came to the party were waiting for a lot of adventures. The wolf really wanted to go to the tree. But he behaved badly all year round, and therefore he was not invited to the celebration. Young spectators had to teach the Wolf to be kind and to do good deeds. There was another hero here. A real villain. This is Volchishche, who was the hero of the fairy tales "Kolobok", "Wolf and the Seven Little Kids", "Three Little Pigs" and others. He will do his best to stop the heroes from attending the New Year holiday. The moral is this: to do in life you need only good deeds. A lot of interesting things awaited the guys who came to the Christmas tree to the opera house (Nizhny Novgorod). "Well, wait" is an unusual idea. Here you could see a laser and light show, circus numbers, real magicians, tricks, flights and much more. Of course, there was a roundabout around the tree. For absolutely free it was possible to be photographed with heroes. In the foyer, watercolors worked.


His artists have always been famous Nizhny Novgorod. The Opera House brought together on its stage wonderful singers, dancers, musicians and orchestra artists.


  • A. Borodaeva.
  • S. Perminov.
  • A. Koshelev.
  • A. Ippolitov.
  • N. Tovstonog.
  • A. Kukolin.
  • A. Formazov.
  • D. Pelmegov.
  • M. Kuzmina.
  • E. Myakisheva.
  • S. Polzikova.
  • J. Dubrovin.
  • V. Kharitonov.
  • O. Shchelushkina.
  • T. Garkushova.
  • A. Maurer.
  • M. Snigur.
  • T. Kaynova.
  • U. Starkova.
  • N. Pechonkin.
  • N. Mayorova.
  • E. Efremova.
  • D. Markelov.
  • A. Doronin.
  • A. Sharovatova.

And many others.

"Boldin Autumn"

Festivals and various celebrations dedicated to the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin, held throughout the country. Nor does Nizhny Novgorod stand aside. The opera house bears the name of Alexander Sergeevich. In 1986, on its base was organized a festival of ballet art "Boldin Autumn". It is held every year. This is the only festival in the world namely ballet art, which is dedicated to A.S. To Pushkin. Directors, artists, musicologists, choreographers, conductors, critics, journalists come to the "Boldin Autumn". At first this festival had an all-Russian status. Then he became all-Union. And now it has grown into an international one. Initially, the festival presented performances on the works of A.S. Pushkin. Now, in addition to the repertoire of "Boldin Autumn" includes the best performances and concerts of the year, which will demonstrate the skill.


Spectators leave a lot of feedback to the opera and ballet theater. Most of them are positive. Among the pluses there is a variety of repertoire - for every taste and age. There are even tales for young children. Another one of the main advantages is that they are wonderful artists. Among the minuses, spectators note the fact that the building needs major repairs for a long time, because it, first, is not very good condition already, and secondly, it was not designed for the needs of the theater. Acoustics is not very good, which, of course, spoils the impression of vocal. And the scene is such that you can hear the dance of ballerinas.

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