The Kiev Opera group was formally established in the summer of 1867, and is the third oldest in Ukraine, after Odessa Opera and Lviv Opera. Today, the Kiev Opera Company performs at the National Opera House of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko in Kiev.
In 1992 the Kiev Opera became the National Opera of Ukraine. The theatre continues to fulfill its primary cultural mission – to spread the beauty and greatness of the opera and ballet art and to contribute to the Ukrainian and world’s culture. The recent seasons in the Opera were successful. The new stagings were considered as important events in Ukrainian cultural life and proved that the artists have a great performing potential. The last decade saw the premieres of operas Turandot and Manon Lescaut by G. Puccini, Macbeth, The Masked Ball and Don Carlos by G. Verdi, Norma by V. Bellini, Love Potion by G. Donizetti, Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, Cinderella by G. Rossini, Iolanta by P. Tchaikovsky, Moisey by M. Skoryk.