Izmir State Opera
It was established in 1982 and during the quarter century since then, even under difficult circumstances, it never gave up performing high quality Opera and Ballet works. It made a name for itself in the Art and Culture platform of the World. Izmir State Opera and Ballet opens its doors from the Aegean cradle of civilization first to Turkey and then to the whole world.
With the awareness of this principal to make these bridges stronger, Izmir State Opera and Ballet`s work is not limited with performing Ballet and Opera works on the stage also with singing as an art and Orchestral Concerts are contributing to spread of Symphony Music. It pulls the Art and the Culture out from being focus of conflict, like sometimes has been tried. It instead, helps the people to take the advantage of integrative and developer features of it enlarges Love and friendship, mutual understanding feelings in between the individuals and societies. We live in a world that believes art and culture are the strongest bridges that connect individuals and societies.
If we look at since 1982 to the repertoire of Izmir State Opera and Ballet, we recognize that with rich content, as much as historical also current, as much as individual also social, many dimensional Universal topics and outstanding Works have been performed. Our Institution´s target is . . . Stage performing and symphony music should be a leader of development of individuals. We always keep in our mind that Art is like Love that when you share it grows. Staff of our Institution in this context are all acting the same to follow our great leader Atatürk and trying to spread his modern thoughts.
The Elhamra building was rented and restored as a suitable Opera building in 1980 by the Turkish Culture Minister. After all the assignments for Izmir State Opera and Ballet had been made, the new team performed "Cesmebasi" (Fountain) Ballet and "Meddah" (Storyteller) Opera on the Elhamra stage on the 21st of October 1982 and said "Hello" to art life. The new team received a very warm welcome to their bow. The new team started right away to prepare new projects and brought a new dimension to the Arts in Izmir.
Artists of The Izmir State Opera and Ballet Company, from the first performance until today, have performed hundreds of performances and met thousands of audience members. They perform very well-known and important pieces of the Opera and Ballet repertoire for art lovers and they have done their best to ensure that Elhamra will become a very important art center.
Since we were established, even with a small stage and inadequate technical conditions, we have performed with hearty altruism almost 70 different Opera Works, 50 Ballet Works, 16 Operetta and Musicals, 20 child plays and numerous concerts. Here are some examples of Izmir State Opera and Ballet . . . .
Opera Performances: The Consul, Zar und Zimmermann, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Travatore, Macbeth, Masquerade, Nabucco, Falstaff, Othello, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, L`elisir d`amore, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le Nozze de Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Eugeni Onegin, Fidelio, Midas´in Kulaklari (Ear of Midas), Ali Baba ve 40 Haramiler Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves), Les Contes d`Hoffmann, Norma, La Sonnambula, Nasrettin Hoca, Faust , Der Fliegende Hollander, Yusuf and Züleyha, Murat the 4th,Iphigeneia en Tauride, Agrippina, Su Cilgin Türkler (Those Crazy Turks) etc.
Ballet Performances: Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Hürrem Sultan, Bahcisarayskiy Fontan, Cinderella, Bolero, Carmen, Ferhat and Sirin, Concerto, La Dame Aux Camelias, Raymonda, Esmeralda, Afife, Romeo and Juliette, La Fille Mal Gardee, Nutcracker, 3 Musketeers, Swan Lake, Dr Zhivago, Bir Kumru Masali ( A Fairytale of a Dove), Sun King, Crossing The Borders, One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest, Kösem Sultan, Cakircali Efe, Zorba The Greek, Sylvia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Güldestan etc..
Operettas and Musicals: Die Lustige Witwe, Fliedermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron, Csardas -Fürstin, My Fair lady, Das Land Des Lachelns, Eine Nacht in Venedig Kiss Me Kate, Kontez Mariza, Arsin Mal Alan etc.
Concerts: Orff`s "Carmina Burana", Beethoven`s "9 th. Smyphony", Nevit Kodalli`s "Atatürk" , Adnan Saygun`s "Yunus Emre" , Ali Hoca`s Oratorios "Canakkale Canakkale", "Aydinligin Adi Atatürk" (The Name of the Light is Atatürk), Verdi`s and Mozart`s "Requiems" , Rossini`s "Stabat Mater" etc. as.
Izmir State Opera and Ballet joins International Festivals in Istanbul, Aspendos and Izmir, and performs in ancient cities such as Ephesus. Izmir State Opera and Ballet also goes on international tours to Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Spain, Pakistan and Cyprus to spread our Opera, Ballet and Symphony Music. Also some of our Opera Soloist Singers had performed on some of the famous Opera Houses in The World after the special invitation from those Houses and over there, they represented our Country with very big success.
The ancient name of Izmir was Symrna and it was witness to two hundred years of the stage arts. It is such a pleasure that Izmir State Opera and Ballet has existed for 30 years as an ornament in the city that has been the center of many civilizations.
Turkey has Opera and Ballet Companies in major cities that even some European Union Countries don’t have. In the near future it will be even more recognized how important these Institutions are for the cities that they belong to.
Opera and Ballet Companies have become the symbol of some of the cities in the civilized world. Ours is standing with the support of the government and art lovers, who have modern views. Izmir’s Opera and Ballet stands as an indication of Atatürk`s Turkey along with the other art institutions and serves art lovers with pride and altruism.