The historic opera house in the Georgian capital Tbilisi has opened its doors after a six-year renovation.
The opera house is one of the centers of cultural life in Tbilisi. In recent years it has hosted international stars such as Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras, while also serving as a traditional venue for national celebrations and presidential inaugurations.
The Opera and Ballet Theater also houses the State Ballet of Georgia under the leadership of a renown ballerina Nina Ananiashvili. Since 1937, the theatre has carried the name of a Georgian composer Zacharia Paliashvili.