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Opera or Ballet Trip, Uzbekistan

The Alisher Navoi Opera House is one of Tashkent's most picturesque buildings. It was originally built by Japanese and Korean prisoners of war in 1947 to the design of Shchusev, the man who built Lenin's tomb. Subsequent renovations have brought out the original's ornate interior decorations, including rooms built in the style of each of the country's most prominent cities.

The singers and musicians here earn only the merest fraction of their counterparts in Western Europe though they are highly skilled. If opera was this cheap in any other country every seat of every performance would be filled. Alas, opera is not a priority for the majority of Uzbeks which explains why the auditorium is often less than half full. Nevertheless it is by far Tashkent's best night-life option and is a magnet for both foreigners and Uzbek intelligentsia alike.

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