The Government of Kazakhstan once again chose Mabetex Group, an engineering and construction company of international renown, to build a new prestigious project in Astana, Kazakhstan: the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, dream of the President Nazarbayev, as a cultural symbol of his country.
The theatre covers an area of 64,000 square metres, and is located between Turan Avenue, Sarayshyk Street, Kabanbay Batyr Avenue and Kunaev Street on the left bank of the Ishim River. Main auditorium: 1,250 seats, of which 441 are in the stalls (reduced to 373 if the front rows are removed to provide space for the orchestra pit), 110 are in the ground floor boxes, 411 are in the first, second and third tier boxes, 6 are on the Presidential Balcony and 282 are in the gallery. The auditorium is intended for natural, non-amplified sound, and has been designed to ensure that vocal and instrumental music has optimal sound quality and fidelity in all registers. Mabetex Group has created a magnificent building, one of the best theatres in the world: a perfect synthesis of classic style and cutting-edge technology, built with close attention to detail and high quality materials.
Every part of the project was studied meticulously the acoustic and visual features of traditional theatres have been modernised and brought to an insurmountable level, the fly tower uses advanced technology to ensure maximum flexibility in staging, the interior and exterior walls are covered in precious Italian stone, and the décor was created by expert decorators. The theatre’s facades, columns and wall mouldings are covered with slabs of Sicilian Pearl Marble (in total about 6,000 tonnes were used during the project) of various sizes and thicknesses, creating a perfect harmony of colours and materials typical of classical architecture. The few sections made of materials of a different origin nevertheless blend perfectly into the natural stone. The only elements that stand out from this stylistic harmony are the copper roof and the brass colour of the aluminium window frames, decorated with silk-screen prints depicting scenes from Kazakh folklore. Numerous sculptures and lighting fixtures add an extra decorative touch to the building.
Mr. Behgjet Pacolli as President and CEO of Mabetex Group is the author of the project.