Macedonian Opera and Ballet


Skopje makedonsk kyrillisk skrift: Скопје; uttal: [‘skɔpjε] turkiska: Uskup är huvudstad i Makedonien. 2012 hade staden 486 600 invånare, vilket är cirka en tredjedel av Republiken Makedoniens befolkning.


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About the operahouse


The Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB) is a national renowned cultural institution with several decades of tradition in bringing the Macedonian audience closer to the opera and ballet art. It is an institution which inspires, entertains and educates through sharing of the artistic experience of known and less known operas and ballets from the world and national musical heritage; through setting modern and contemporary production thus raising the quality of life in the country and region. Aware about the meaning of its social role, the Macedonian Opera and Ballet as a benchmark embraces the contemporary trends in the creative industry, aspiring towards creating new audience constantly.


It is established in the far 1947 as part of the old Macedonian National Theatre which was comprised of drama, opera and ballet ensembles. The Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB) as a national institution it is the biggest institution from the area of culture in the Republic of Macedonia.

Since then enormous number of works from the world opera and ballet literature, which were also part of the repertoire of the world’s greatest stages, are performed on the stage of our national house. Furthermore large number of known European and world artists, authors and reproductions had guest performances and were always received warm welcome from our audience and rewarded with sincere applause. The 60 year history does not allow us to list any specific name in this short review but they are noted by our chroniclers in their chronicles thus creating the mosaic of our cultural history.

The duration of our existence also comprises the period of creating the opera and ballet ensemble and their creative revival until the mid-50s, when they start to do more serious works from the world literature.

The second period is until 1963 when out capital city Skopje suffered difficult tragedy, earthquake which took the lives of 1070 of our fellow citizens, and the old theatre building with neo-baroque style was destroyed.

The following years requested an effort to maintain the production and completeness of the ensembles with performing on mobile stage. This remained unchanged until 1980 when big efforts were invested by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia for building new facility of the old Macedonian National Theatre. That building in that period was one of the most modern in Europe. The dimensions of the stage provided new possibilities to the authors and reproductions to realize their incredible talent.

With the breaking of Yugoslavia and independence of the Republic of Macedonia in the early 90s special focus was placed on the cultural activity of the entire complex of cultural institutions in order faster integration of Macedonia’s cultural values towards the European cultural and comprehensive integrations.

In 2004 with the National Programme for Cultural Development of Macedonia legal division of the Macedonian National Theatre in two national institutions was conducted – Macedonian National Theatre – Drama (MNT—Drama) and Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB). Due to the stage and artistic needs of the operas and ballets, MOB remained in the new building, and a new building was opened for MNT – Drama, which actually is an identical replica of the ruined theatre building which was destroyed in the fury of the Skopje earthquake.

Having contemporary conditions the Macedonian Opera and Ballet intensified their programme choices, which apart from the classical repertoire encompass all contemporary musical and stage performances following the need of the artists but also of the audience which have their own developmental path. In the past period more than 350 shows were performed with over 1600 participants coming worldwide and a turnout of around 800 000 viewers.

The strong communication connections with the world sharpen the audience’s requests which make the artists more sensitive and connect them with the audience on higher aesthetic level interactively. As a strategic institution in our cultural environment we are obliged to adapt to these changes constantly.

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