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Ankara opera ballet opens new season

ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency | 9/30/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Ankara State Opera and Ballet, or ADOB, will open its new season Saturday with the ballet work “Notre Dame de Paris” at its refurbished building in the Turkish capital.

The Ankara State Opera and Ballet, or ADOB, will open its new season Saturday with the ballet work “Notre Dame de Paris” at its refurbished building in the Turkish capital.

“We have renewed the seats” ahead of the first performance, Ankara ADOB manager, Erdoğan Davran said at a recent press conference, adding that audiences had complained about the seats. “Now, however, we have new seats.”

The salon’s capacity has decreased to 600 people, allowing members of the audience to view the shows more comfortably.

ADOB will stage eight new opera shows in the 2011-2012 season, including Selma Ada’s operatic work “Ali Baba and Kırkharamiler;” Davran said they expected the work to attract great interest.

“The first premiere of this work was made 20 years ago in Europe; that’s why we have created an exclusive show for this work,” he said, adding that classical works and pieces always attracted the most attention.

The opera “Rusalka” will also be staged in Turkish this season. “This is an important beginning,” said Davran, noting that Turkish-language operas would bring a breath of fresh air to the scene.

Noting that ADOB was opening the session with Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris,” Davran said, “We will also stage the ‘Harem and Zorba’” play on the ballet stage.”

Tickets for three ballet shows have already been sold out, said Davran.

New in Turksh ballet scene

This season, ADOB will also stage two works, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Murad IV,” which are new to the Turkish ballet scene, said Davran. “’Murad IV,’ which will be onstage in December, is expected to draw attention even in the international ballet scene,” he added.

ADOB will also host exclusive events throughout the season. “There will be exclusive shows for children,” said Davran, adding that New Year’s concerts and modern dance shows were among the company’s best shows.

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