An opening ceremony of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi was held on October 25 after a major reconstruction.
It was attended by Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The buildings of the Uzbek National academic drama theater, Bukhara State theater of musical drama, Andijan theater of musical drama and comedy have undergone major renovation under the leadership of President Islam Karimov. A majestic theater and concert palace has been opened in Fergana. Namagan and Khorezm theaters of musical drama and comedy have been completely revamped.
A particular attention is paid to creation of all necessary conditions and facilities for productive activities of theater groups.
Traditional competitions and festivals, such as the "Spring of Youth", "Spring Symphony", "Competizione dell'Opera", held annually in our country, and a variety of concerts and art projects contribute to strengthening the love of art in the youth, introducing them to the best examples of national and world music.
The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi makes a great contribution to development of opera and ballet, enrichment of the rich musical heritage of our people.
The theater building, constructed in 1947, is a unique example of national architecture, priceless cultural heritage.
As a result of wide-ranging creative and improvement work, initiated by President Islam Karimov, the building of the theater and its surroundings have undergone great changes and become even more attractive. Engineering and communication systems, including heating and air conditioning have been completely renovated. A special attention was paid to preservation of all the elements of the original interior of the theater during the reconstruction.
The auditorium of 736 seats delights with intricate gold patterns of oriental ornament and a huge crystal chandelier. Through an elaborate layout, a spectator from anywhere in the hall can see and hear well what is happening on stage. Modern lighting and sound equipment, equipment for visual and acoustical effects enhance the pleasure of the play.
At the bottom is the renewed stage orchestra pit, which, if necessary, may be lifted by modern means to the level of the stage, allowing the audience to enjoy the play of the orchestra.
During the reconstruction a special attention was also paid to the arrangement of rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, creation of necessary conditions for decorators, craftsmen, make-up artists, sound engineers and radio operators, communication specialists, costume designers, stage engineers, in short, all the those who work behind the scenes, without which it is impossible to imagine the work of the theater.
In the years of independence, the theater has expanded cooperation with the leading theater companies of the world. Joint performances with conductors, directors and choreographers of the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Venezuela and other countries have been put on stage.
Cooperation with Japanese colleagues has a special place in theater's activity. The Japanese public warmly welcomes performances of opera and ballet masters of Uzbekistan. Swan Lake and The Barber of Seville have been put on stage at Bolshoi theater in cooperation with Japanese performers. Toyota City Ballet's guest performances in our country have been a great success.
Songs on Alisher Navoi's poems, scenes from operas and ballets by Uzbek composers and world classics have been performed during the gala concert to celebrate the opening of the theater.