National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania

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National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania
Teatri Kombëtar i Operas dhe Baletit.svg
Official Emblem of the Venue
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View from the Skanderbeg Square
AddressPalace of Culture / Skanderbeg Square 9,
1001 Tirana
Capacityabout 200
Current useOpera and Ballet

The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania (Albanian: Teatri Kombëtar i Operas dhe Baletit - TKOB) is a theatre in Tirana, Albania. It is the largest theatre in the country, and hosts music and dance performances year round.


The National Opera and Ballet Theatre was founded on 29 November 1953.[1] It first operated within the building of the University of Arts of Albania and subsequently transferred into the Palace of Culture of Tirana building in central Tirana. The theatre helped develop the capital's arts scene, since formerly there had been no venue for performances. Since the theatre's inception, groups and orchestras from various countries in the communist bloc came to give performances.

The national Song and Dance Ensemble often performs at the national theatre.[2]

The Theatre reports to the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports and is financed out of the state budget. Today, the Opera presents works by Albanian and international composers. Tickets can be purchased on-site. It employs 196 persons.[1]

In 2016, the Prime Minister of Albania announced that the Theatre will be reconstructed.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports. "OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE" (in Albanian). Albanian Government. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  2. ^ Gillian Gloyer (17 July 2008). Albania: the Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-84162-246-0. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Revival of the institutions of art and culture, the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Theatre". Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-09-30.

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Coordinates: 41°19′43″N 19°49′09″E / 41.3286°N 19.8192°E / 41.3286; 19.8192