Opera Yerevan or Opera House is the place, all people visiting Yerevan, Armenia, should see at least once. Opera House has a breathtaking beauty and unique architecture which can be seen from the Cascade Yerevan. The spirit you feel around this theater building will stay in your memory for a long time!
Opera Yerevan is the pride of the Armenians not only due to its huge cultural significance for the nation. It is also an architecture masterpiece. For more than 80 years, the Opera House has been the glory of the Armenian nation’s musical culture.
We can assure you that Opera Yerevan with its magnificent stage, classical beauty, hallways and amphitheater (with nearly 1050 seats) is the modern cultural symbol of the country’s capital and Armenia on the whole.
Every famous Armenian (and not only) opera, ballet and other classical pieces start their journey from here. This is also a must-see place for the foreigners, exploring the classical culture-related side of Armenia.
Opera Yerevan Theater / House: Basic Information
Opera House of Yerevan is officially named “Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after Alexander Spendiaryan”.
Opera Yerevan comprises two concert halls: the Aram Khatchaturian concert hall (1400 seats) and the Alexander Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Theater (1,200 seats).
Opera House Yerevan is one of the cultural sights of Yerevan. It is located at a crossroad of four streets: Tumanyan Street, Teryan Street, Sayat Nova Avenue and Mashtots Avenue.
How to get to Opera Yerevan Theater/House?
It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to reach to Opera House from almost every point of Yerevan. If you are in the central part of Yerevan, it will take you less time, around 10-20 minutes’ walk to get there!
Opera Yerevan is located near the Cascade Yerevan, the Northern Avenue and the Republic Square of Yerevan. So it won’t take you too long to get to the Opera House from these places, just a few minutes of walk.
Where to buy tickets from?
The Box Office of the Opera Theater is located near the Opera House and you can easily buy any ticket you want.
There is also an online option. You can easily order tickets by booking them, for example, on “toms.am” or “worldticketsshop.com”.
Also, you can order tickets by calling the following numbers:
- +374 (91) 52 64 77
- +374 (94) 52 64 77
- +374 (10) 53 33 91
The time between booking the ticket and the payment is 2 working days.
Opera Yerevan: What Does the Opera House Symbolize?
For over 80 years, the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet has been one of the key elements and main symbols of the cultural wealth of the Armenian people. It has also been the holder of Armenia’s thousand-year cultural heritage.
The Freedom Square and the Independence of Armenia
One of the parts of the Yerevan Theater Opera complex is The Independence or Freedom square. The square is also known as Theater or Opera Square. It was was called so before Armenia regained its independence in 1991.
The Freedom Square is primarily linked to Armenian independence and democratic movements in the country. Since 1988, the Nagorno-Karabakh movement, it has become a place where people come to express their opinions, desires, and sometimes confront the government’s policies in certain fields.
This square is a nice place to meet Armenians, talk with them, see playing children, biking teenagers, walking youth and many more interesting people as well as various interesting things.
History of Statues of Opera Yerevan Theater / House
There are the statues of the great Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan and the famous composer Alexander Spendiaryan in the Freedom square. These two people are very famous among Armenians. It’s the name of Alexander Spendiaryan that this awesome architectural building carries.
The architect of the Opera Yerevan building and the statues around it is the world-known Alexander Tamanyan. It took the architect several years to build and finalize the construction of the complex.
The Opera House construction was finally completed in 1953, after the large-scale work and the efforts of 20 years. The theater received the status of National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1956.
Things you should know about Yerevan Opera House
Although nowadays, the administration of the theater doesn’t expect a strict dress code from visitors, here are certain rules and regulations to visit the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre named after Al. Spendiaryan. Below are the rules and regulations.
Surrounding Sites of Yerevan Opera House
Opera Yerevan Swan Lake
The most interesting and lovely place near the Opera House both for tourists and the people of Yerevan is the Swan Lake.
It was built in 1963, and was named “Swan Lake” in honor of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “Swan Lake”. In the territory of the Swan Lake you can find another Armenian great composer’s, Arno Babajanyan’s statue and the sculpture “Melody”.
Since 2005, during the winters, the lake turns into a skating rink and becomes a favorite entertainment place for both children and adults.
Swan Lake is a nice place to sit and see swans in the lake, enjoy some ice-cream or a cup of coffee. There are a lot of cafes, restaurants, shopping centers around the lake. During summer, Yerevan City Hall organizes different festivals and open-air concerts here.
The most memorable event in the Swan Lake Yerevan was the open-air concert of the world known US rapper, Kanye West. Kanye’s amazing concert (which was totally free for everyone) was interrupted, after he jumped into the lake and dozens of fans followed him.
Cafes, Pubs Near the Opera House Yerevan
Visiting Yerevan and Opera House, you will have an opportunity to also visit good cafes, pubs and restaurants. The most known cafe is “Swan Lake”, located close to the Swan Lake. It’s a comfortable café, and visitors like to sit in the outdoor terraces and enjoy the surroundings.
In the left side of Opera House, there are such cafés as “Shokoladnitsa” (“Place of Chocolate”), “Jazzve” and a few more you will definitely find attractive!
The nearest pubs are “Pub 37” and “90’s Pub”. Other famous cafes and restaurants are in the Northern Avenue, about 100 meters far from the Freedom Square.
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After representing Opera House, we can sum up that the Theater has given and continues to give eternal values in terms of its historical significance. It’s an educational center for the new generation, where they reveal the world’s classic art.
Opera Yerevan is an important cultural institution which is preserving, developing and disseminating the rich cultural heritage of the Armenian nation.