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The National Opera and Ballet Theatre was created on July5, 1957 and was originally named The Moldavian State Opera and Ballet Theatre „A.S.Puşkin”.

The Historical evolution of the Moldavian Opera Theatre begins on the day of the first Moldavian National Opera Staging, namely june 9, 1956 – with the play „Grozovanul” by David Gherşfeld (1911 – 2004).


1956-1970. Is the period when the basis of a singing academic Moldavian school are built. During this period the national opera prima donna, Maria Biesu  works in this school and becomes the holder of  the title of the Firts Cio-Cio-San of the world in 1967, at the International Lyrical Interpreters Competition, in the name of Miura Tamaki (in Tokyo, Japan).

Moldova always maintained a keen interest in opera and ballet, but only in 1957 was there the possibility of founding a professional theatre. For this purpose a group of Moldavians studied in Leningrad, who after graduating the school of choreography “Vaganov” returned to Chisinau to put the basis of the Ballet Collective.

The first staging on the Moldavian Opera Theatre of a play became „The fountain from Bakhcisaray” by B. Asafiev. Alongside the famous classical plays, in the theatre arises the tendency to search their own style, to create the National Ballet School.

The Bessarabian Composer Vasile Zagorschi wites “Dawn”, staged by the choreographer Varcoviţchi. In 1964, returning to his hometown after graduating from the Moscow Choreography College, the young dancer Mihai Caftanat, asserts himself as male dancing star, winning spectators through stage fascination and virtuosity.


1970-1991. And if originally the Lyrical Theatre was put in the same building with the Moldavian Drama Theatre, then in 1980 is put into operation a splendid and modern “House of Arts”– a new and luxurious building, with all the necessary technical equipment for a lyrical theatre, the actual building of the Theatre.

The’ 70-80 constituted for the national opera a blooming period, in this period being launched such lyrical stage names from Moldova as: Mihai Munteanu, I. Paulencu, and others.

Starting with 1990, the academic stages of Chisinau launched a very important artistic project for the existence and evolution of Lyrical Art from Moldova – The International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Bieşu Invite”.

The blooming period of the Moldavian ballet is linked to the name of the choreographer Marat Gaziev (1924-1988, active between 1979-1985). In 1983 the National ballet premiered “The Star”, on the eponymous poem of Mihai Eminescu. „The Star” being the first work for the ballet genre of the composer Eugen Doga, where the author combined the principals of classical symphony with the traditions of national music.


1991-2013. The NOBT troupe, during its entire artistic activity has created the image of a collective that proves a high level of professionalism, thus creating a distinguished image both in the ex soviet union and the European area, through the uncountable tours in Russia,  Laos, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Italia, Romania, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Thailand etc.

Today a new group of talented dancers perform on the stage of the theatre.

In this context we note the importance and contribution of The National Choreography College in the professional evolution of the ballet artists from Moldova.

The ballet troupe of the NOPT, during its entire passionate and artistic activity, which included the creation of several generations of choreographers and artists, has created the image of a highly devoted collective. The results are the tours in Russia, Laos, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Italia, Romania, and the high appreciation of theatrical critics.

The National Opera and Ballet Theatre is a premiere institution of national culture and its reflection.


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Address: 152 Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfânt Avenue,

Ticket prices: 30-180 lei, commercial performances and festivals – 60-300 lei.

Presented in original sound with Romanian subtitles.

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