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Simphony orchestra of the opera and ballet of the Albanian national theatre
The Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet of the Albanian National Theatre was founded in 1950 together with the State Philharmonic. The members of this orchestra were educated at the high and elementary schools, in the Army Wind Orchestra and later at the Jordan Misja School of Arts. The orchestra, whose beginnings included the concerts and performances with the State Philharmonic, became a part of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1953.
From the very start, the orchestra members have been extensively engaged in the activities of this theatre. In the years that followed, the orchestra engaged new members, who were educated at the conservatories of Prague, Leipzig and Sofia and at the State Conservatory of Tirana (opened in 1961). The Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet of the Albanian National Theatre has provided a valuable contribution to the interpretation of works by both national and international composers.
The orchestra's first conductor was Mustafa Krantja, and the conductors who followed included Rifat Teqja, Simon Gjoni, Ermir Krantja, Fiqiri Kraja, Bujar Llapaj and Edmond Doko. The Orchestra has performed successfully in many concerts, collaborating with numerous Albanian and foreign conductors, players, singers and dancers, and receiving wide critical acclaim at home and abroad.
From 1992 on, the orchestra has made a series of tours in China, Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, etc., which have been warmly received by the audiences. It has furthermore launched numerous soloists, talented players and chamber musicians In the rich music archives of the Albanian Radio and Television a special place is reserved for the recordings and film music of the Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet of the Albanian National Theatre.
In addition to the works by Albanian composers such as Zadeja, Zoraqi, Daija, Harapi, Ibrahimi, Dizdari, Peçi and Laro, the orchestra has successfully performed many works by the world's greatest symphonic composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Haydn, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Orff and Strauss, as well as the national and international operatic and choreographic repertoire. After the democratic transformation of Albania many of the orchestra members live and work in different countries of the world, and the orchestra has instead engaged other musicians, mostly young people.
The Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet of the Albanian National Theatre, which now consists of 60 Albanian musicians, has been awarded the most prestigious prizes for its outstanding artistic achievements.