The Choir of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow is an outstanding phenomenon in contemporary Russian performing arts. Not only does it take part in most of the theatre’s performances and concerts, but it also is one of the symbols of the Novaya Opera and a manifestation of its aesthetic and artistic principles.

The creators of the Choir, Natalia Popovich (Chief Choirmaster, 1991-2017) and Sergey Lysenko, built a team meeting the highest criteria of academic performance (clear sound, timbre variety, ensemble eurhythmy and stylistic accuracy). Also, the Choir is a unique ensemble of actors whose role in many productions cannot be overestimated.


The Choir’s wide-ranging repertoire includes, along with operas, a great number of cantatas, oratories and concert programmes consisting of Russian and European classical choral compositions, a cappella sacred music and vocal-symphonic pieces.

An example of the Choir’s versatile artistic abilities is its participation in the performance of compositions during the Epiphany Week in 2015 and 2016. Among these compositions were operas performed for the first time in Russia, including Leoncavallo’s Zingary, Massenet’s Herodiade and Szymanowski’s King Roger.

In June 2016, the Novaya Opera premiered one of the greatest pieces by Krzysztof Penderecki, the St. Luke Passion.