On January 30 and 31, Tbilisi State Opera finally opened its doors to the public, representing Georgian opera Abesalom And Eteri. First time public saw the grand lustre and reborn legendary curtain together. The lustre, which is covered with Austrian crystal, appeared in 1977, after fire in the theatre burned its interior and the well-known curtain, designed by Sergo Kobuladze. After thetre’s restoration the curtain remained lost. It took 8 months for artists and designers to recreate the curtain from original plans and sketches.
First production featured Tamar Iveri (soprano) as Eter and Lado Ataneli (baritone) as Murman. Iveri, who has already sung on world’s biggest opera stages, had her debut in Georgia. It’s her first Georgian role. As for Ataneli, he sang his part after 23-year-pause. Teimuraz Gugushvili (tenor), who has been singing Abesalom for decades, sang it once again.
Tbilisi State Opera, built in 1887, has been temporarily closed for reconstructing works till 2013. The interior of the building, as well as facade, will be renovated. All the halls, including the grand hall, will be repainted and renovated with new details and elements. As for the big Swarovsky luster, it will be polished and will be lifted up 10 minutes before every performance.
For now the number of performances are reduced and scheduled in other theatres’ playbills.