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Under the Soviets, every city with a population of one million or more had an opera house built. Tashkent's Alisher Navoi Opera House is an elegant building standing in the middle of a large square opposite the Tashkent Palace Hotel. The arcaded facade opens into an impressive interior succession of foyers and reception rooms decorated in traditional Uzbeck style. With tickets at an amazingly cheap $3 to $5 each (depending on the programme), the nightly performances of opera or ballet (they usually alternate) are both a terrific bargain and great entertainment.

The monthly programme on this billboard includes The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Evgeny Onegin, Faust, Carmen and more - an operatic feast indeed.

Performances start very early, 6 or 7 oc'clock, depending on the day. Tickets are available from the ticket booth tucked away in one of the facade pillars. Buy your ticket there - hotels and travel agents will mark them up considerably. You will be shown to your seat by one of the somewhat bossy usherettes, who may have an English translation of the programme for sale.

2009 updateNo opera or ballet for us this time, rather a Gala Concert in celebration of Teacher's Day - very appropriate as no less than half our group were or had been teachers! A mixed programme that began with a children's choir, featured the stars of the Tashkent opera and ballet companies and also included traditional dancers and musicians before ending with half the audience dancing in the aisles. Great fun and worth every cent of the $3 ticket.

Address: Ataturk Street

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2010
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