Short review of the 165th anniversary season and highlights from future plans

During the 165th anniversary season at the Opera and Ballet Theatre eight premieres and large-scale productions were performed, gala concerts were held, a new ballet festival was established, the stage was given to  interns - a new generation of singers, opera soloist teams were replacing each other, the conductors of all generations were seen on the podium, the Children’s Chorus was involved in the premieres, the names of famous singers, dancers, groups, directors, choreographers, maestros were heard, tours were held. The opera and ballet lovers had the opportunity to see the distinguished season.
During the same season, important international projects, co-productions and tours were planned for the following years.

The past 165th season
  • Ballet Gala - charity gala concert The Moment of Clamor
  • New Artistic Director - Presenting new Art Director of Opera Theater Badri Maisuradze by Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection
  • Premiere – the First Georgian Children’s Ballet Tsuna and Tsrutsuna
  • Tour - Ballet Company in Spain
  • Reviving the traditions of chamber music evenings - concerts in the red hall
  • Revival - Ballet Don Quixote
  • Free New Year Gala Concert - "New Year Gift for You" - guest Georgian singers and theater soloists
  • Gala concert - New Year with Andris Liepa, dedicated to Andris Liepa's 50th birthday anniversary and 35th anniversary of his career on stage
  • Premiere - One-Act Ballet Petite Ceremonie, choreographer Medhi Walerski 
  • Premiere - Giuseppe Verdi, Aida, director and scenographer -  Franco Zeffirelli, conductors: Daniel Oren, Marco Boemi, Zaza Azmaiparashvili, the debut of Anita Rachvelishvili and Giorgi Andguladze duet on the stage of  Tbilisi Opera Theater
  • Anniversary Evening and Ballet Gala-Concert -  the 35th anniversary of Nina Ananiashvili's career on stage and the highest award for special merit in the development of Georgian culture
  • Tour - State Ballet of Georgia in Tokyo
  • Premiere - Georges Bizet, Carmen, staged by Levan Tsuladze, conductor - Zaza Azmaiparashvili.
  • Tour – State Ballet of Georgia tours to Estonia and Finland
  • Premiere - Gaetano Donizetti, L'elisir d'amore, Director and scenographer: Fernando Botero, conductors: Walter Attanasi, Alberto Veronesi, Fabrizio Cassi, Zaza Azmaiparashvili. Italian and Georgian guest singers. The debut of Mikheil Kiria, and Otar Nakashidze, as well as young singers on the stage of  Tbilisi Opera House
  • Establishment of a Festival - Tbilisi International Ballet Festival, guest soloists from the USA, Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Germany, and the State Ballet of Georgia, the premiere of Laurencia by Krein, tour - Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) 2
  • Star – The evening of Lado Ataneli and unveiling Lado Ataneli’s Star
  • Closing the 165th Anniversary Season - Zakaria Paliashvili, Abesalom and Eteri, dedicated to Gizo Zhordania's memory

Highlights from future plans:
  • Premieres: LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi) CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Pietro Mascagni), TURANDOT (Giacomo Puccini ), SIMON BOCCANEGRA (Giuseppe Verdi), KETO AND KOTE (Victor Dolidze)WERTHER (Jules Massenet), RIGOLETTO (Giuseppe Verdi),  ROMEO AND JULIET (Sergei Prokofiev), SLEEPING BEAUTY (Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
  • Opera Theatre Orchestra’s tour to Switzerland - 2018
  • Opera Theatre’s tours to Czech Republic- 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Tour of the Theatre orchestra and soloists to the cities of Estonia - 2018
  • Tours, co-productions - Genoa, Parma, Bari, Piacenza, Brescia, Livorno ...
  • Maestro Daniel Oren - Music Director of the Opera Theatre - from 2018
  • Four years of cooperation, productions, and co-productions with Nausica Opera International
  • Verdi and Puccini Festivals - three years of cooperation, joint projects, participation in festivals, performance of Georgian operas in Italian cities
  • TURANDOT – Premiere in Tbilisi – 2018. The production with Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago
  • Establishment of the first international opera competition in Tbilisi