Astana State Opera House and Ballet Theatre

Exterior of Astana Opera I © SBS Bühnentechnik

Project duration

2012 - 2014


Astana, Kazakhstan




Stage machinery, control technology, customer service

The young, dynamic capital of Kazakhstan built itself an opera and ballet theatre in the Italian style of Florence Opera. With the third largest opera house in the world and the biggest in Central Asia, Astana sees itself as continuing the grand tradition of the world’s great venues. Its top-class stage systems comply with today’s international standards and are perfectly set up to satisfy the demands of in-house repertory productions as well as of international guest performances.

The contract comprised the entire stage machinery, consisting of a rigging system with over 170 fly bars and point hoists, stage portal and fire curtain as well as three acoustic doors; the understage machinery with four double-deck main stage elevators, each with an area of 81 m², 21 compensating elevators, nine stage wagons, a revolving wagon (Ø 17 m), a ballet wagon (18 x18 m), three orchestra elevators and a scenery elevator for 10 t payload.

SBS’s control system COSTACOwin® is used to control the entire stage machinery with 187 axes in the overstage and 89 axes in the understage.

Turntable wagon | © SBS Bühnentechnik
Orchestra elevator with rigid-chain drive I © SBS Bühnentechnik
View in the elevator pit | © SBS Bühnentechnik
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Download the detailed reference brochure with all technical data as a pdf file.