The theater was built in 1941 by order of the People's Commissariat of Education of the Kazakh Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. For the first time in the life of Soviet Kazakhstan, national themes were used in its architecture. During World War II, the entire theater and cinematic elite of the USSR was evacuated here. Sergei Eisenstein filmed "Ivan the Terrible" here, and the famous prima Galina Ulanova danced on the stage of SATOB and taught at the Almaty Choreographic School.
At the theater stage, you can listen to world famous operas “Eugene Onegin”, “The Queen of Spades” or “Aida”, enjoy the colorful national works “Ablai Khan” or “Kyz Zhibek”. The traditional ballet “Anna Karenina”, “The Nutcracker”, “Don Quixote” and many other performances will give you unspeakable aesthetic pleasure.
During World War II, the entire elite of USSR theater and cinema was evacuated to Alma-ata (the old name of Almaty). Also Sergei Eisenstein shot Ivan the Terrible in Almaty.
Take a look at the Theater Museum
In addition to the performances themselves, its Museum is of great interest. There, you can find unique archival photos of the founders of the theater and people who put their lives on the altar of art, admire the chic costumes in which the actors performed and visit the “poster hall” collected from the very foundation of the theater - the 30s of the last century.