The Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater was established in 1920 as the United State Theater. In 1924 the opera company separated from the theater and began to act as an independent Opera and Ballet Theater. The basis of opera in Azerbaijan was laid by the brilliant Uzeyir Hajibeyli who wrote the first opera in the East and in the Muslim world - "Leyli and Majnun". In 1911 the building of the theater, created by the famous civil engineer and architect N. Bayev, was built, and in the very center of Baku a magnificent building in a beautiful architectural style - Gothic - ascended. In 1928, the theater was named after M. Akhundov. This temple of art since 1959 bears the name of the Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. The theater, developed in the previous era, is one of the main centers of the cultural life of the republic today. Everything good in the opera and ballet art of Azerbaijan is concentrated here. In different periods on the stage of the Opera and Ballet Theater, many world famous artists have performed and continue to perform today: Fedor Shalyapin, Leonid Sobinov, Valery Barsov, Irina Arkhipova, Elena Obraztsova, Maria Bieshu, Maya Plisetskaya, Vyacheslav Gordeev, Zurab Sotkilava, Vladislav Piavko , Montserrat Caballe, Anastasia Volochkova, Svetlana Zakharova and others. Today the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater is the leading art center of our capital. In his repertoire, a number of valuable examples of national, classical opera and ballet art occupy a solid place. In the theater there are 4 large teams - an opera company, a symphony orchestra, a ballet troupe and a choir.