Tour of the Chorus of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre to the Czech Republic

After successful concerts the Chorus of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre returned from the Czech Republic. In Prague, the Chorus performed the Requiem by Luigi Cherubini in one of Europe's most famous concert halls – Rudolfinum. The Chorus gave a concert in the Besední dům in Brno as well.
The Tour was organized under the patronage of the Czech Minister of Culture; the performance of the Chorus of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre was highly appreciated.
The Chorus of Zakaria Paliashvili Opera  and Ballet State Theatre, together with the Opera Company was founded in the 50s of the 19th century. The first opera theatre in Transcaucasia was opened on April 12, 1851. Since the day of its establishment the chorus has taken an active part in the creative life of the theatre. since then, it has always been participating  in gala concerts and in performing vocal-symphonic works. The first tour beyond the boundaries of Georgia with the opera Abesalom and Eteri was in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1974.
Together with the opera company the Chorus took part in the performances and concerts held in different countries (Russia, Belarus, Italy, Germany, Malta, Israel, Sweden, Estonia, Kazakhstan, France).
From 1984 to 2009 the Chorus always accompanied the opera company on its almost annual tours. During this period the Chorus performed in the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, in the opera theatres of Minsk and Yerevan, in German cities such as Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen, and Leverkusen, in an open air gala-concert in Busseto, in Malta, in Israel - in Rishon Lezion Opera Theatre and in several other cities - Jerusalem, Kiryat Haim,  Herzliya, as well as at the Dalhalla International Opera Festival, in Sweden.
The rich repertoire of the chorus includes masterpieces of operatic art: the operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Bizet, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Rossini, operas by Georgian and Russian composers. From the vocal-symphonic works the Chorus performs such opuses as: B Minor Mass and the St. Matthew Passion and cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, Styx by Giya  Kancheli, The Creation, an oratorio and masses by Joseph Haydn, Carmina  Burana by Carl Orff, Petite messe solennelle, and Stabat Mater by Gioacchino Rossini, the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, The Requiem by Luigi Cherubini, Messiah  by George Frideric Handel, the Mass in G Major by Franz Schubert, etc.
Since 2016, after the opening of the renewed opera theatre, the Chorus continues participating in the repertoire performances and in such grandiose premieres as Carmen  by Bizet, Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti (Fernando Botero’s version), Aida by Giuseppe Verdi (Franco Zeffirelli's production) and Abesalom and Eteri by Zakaria Paliashvili.
The chorus has always been led by renowned chorus masters and conductors.
Currently, Avtandil Chkhenkeli is the Principal Chorus Master and Shalva Shaorshadze is the Chorus Master. The Chorus has 75 singers.