The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre opened oná12áMay 1945 with Glinkaĺs opera Ivan Susanin. Aábit earlier, during the war, the unfinished theatre building housed pieces ofáart evacuated from the Hermitage museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, palaces ofáPavlovsk and Tsarskoe Selo, asáwell asámusical instruments made byáStradivari, Guarneri, Amati from the state collection.
InáSeptember 1941, the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was evacuated from the besieged city toáNovosibirsk. Under the baton ofáEvgeny Mravinsky, the evacuated orchestra played over 500 concerts for over 400 thousand listeners; they also played over 240 concerts broadcast byáthe radio. Oná7 November 1942, the first part ofáthe Seventh Symphony, created byáDmitri Shostakovich ináthe besieged Leningrad, was performed ináNovosibirsk ináthe presence ofáthe composer.
From its first seasons the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre has had aágreat company, equipment and resources. The Theatre started forming its repertoire, mainly aáclassical one: operas Eugene Onegin, The Queen ofáSpades, Faust, the ballet LeáCorsaire were shown toágreat public acclaim. Ballets Doctor Powderpill and The Scarlet Flower were staged for the young audience.
The high professional level ofáthe company was determined byáthe renowned musician Isidor Zak. Heáheld the post ofáthe Principal Conductor ofáthe theatre during the first seasons till 1949, and returned toáthe Theatre iná1968, where heástayed till the end ofáhis days iná1986.
Iná1955, 10áyears after its unveiling, the Novosibirsk Theatre was invited onátour toáMoscow for the ôperformance reportö; the productions ofáthe theatre were performed atáthe Bolshoi Theatre. Iná1957, the Theatre had its first international tour toáthe Peopleĺs Republic ofáChina. Two years later, iná1959, the Novosibirsk Theatre witnessed the premiere ofáthe ballet The Magic Lotus Lantern staged byáthe Chinese choreographers.
Iná1963, the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre received the title ofáacademic. Byáthe time, itágained aáreputation ofáaátheatre ready for experiments. Oná5 November 1961, Rodion Shchedrinĺs opera Not Only Love received its world premiere ináNovosibirsk. Itáwas staged byáEmil Pasynkov, who held the post ofáPrincipal Stage Director ináthe 1960s. Iná1975ľ1988, the post was held byáWaughan Bagratuni, who staged over 40áoperas.
For the ballet company, the 1960sŚ70s became the decades ofáits intensive development and gaining wide popularity. Itáisáhere that Oleg Vinagradov started his career asáaáballet master; the company worked with choreographers Pyotr Gusev, Vasily Vaynonen, Yury Grigorovich. The company also gained ballet starsáŚ Nikita Dolgushin, Lyubov Gershunova, Anatoly Berdyshev.
The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre strengthened its international position ináthe 1990s. Both opera and ballet companies have intensive tours and take part ináthe international co-productionsáŚ ballet Argo, operas The Magic Flute and Lady Macbeth ofáMtsensk (together with German theatres and cultural institutes).
The tradition was continued ináthe 21st century. Theatre community was agitated byáthe Russian premiere ofáAlfred Schnittkeĺs opera Life with anáIdiot staged ináNovosibirsk iná2003. The production was created byáanáinternational team; the Russian premiere ináthe framework ofáthe Year ofáRussia ináGermany was followed byáanáextensive tour around Germany. The operas Tosca, Carmen, andáLa bohème are co-productions with Grand Opera Theatre ináBusan (South Korea).
The production ofáVerdiĺs Macbeth drew international attention: the first Russian co-production with Paris Opera made Novosibirsk aácentre ofáinternational opera life. The stage director ofáthe opera Dmitri Tcherniakov, today one ofáthe most prominent figures ináthe world opera directing, actually began his creative life atáthe Novosibirsk Theatre: his first opera production was The Young David byáVladimir Kobekin, composed iná1998.
Each ofáthe three Tcherniakovĺs productionsáŚ iná2004áhe staged Aida atáthe Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet TheatreáŚ were shown toágreat critical and public acclaim. The high level ofáthe opera and ballet productions iná2004ľ2011 was determined byáthe Musical Director ofáthe Theatre Theodor Currentzis.
Since 2006 the ballet company ofáthe Theatre has been headed byáIgor Zelensky. Onáhis initiative, the Siberian Ballet Festival isáregularly held atáthe Theatre.
Crisis ináthe management ofáthe theatre had aánegative impact onáthe stability ofáthe creative processes. Ináthe spring ofá2015, the crisis resulted ináaásharp social conflict, which caused aástrong need for aáchange ofáthe managers. Vladimir Kekhman was appointed General Director ofáthe Theatre instead ofáBoris Mezdrich.