The timeline of the Ekaterinburg/Sverdlovsk opera company incorporates a constellation of star names. Sergei Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Boris Shtokolov, Irina Arkhipova, Galina Gorchakova started their career here; the theatre cannot be imagined without the names of Valentina Kitaeva and Jan Vutiras. The post of the principal conductor was in different periods of time taken by Kirill Tikhonov and Evgeny Kolobov. In the 1980s, the first high-profile stage productions by Alexander Titel were created here in cooperation with conductor Evgeny Brazhnik and artists Ernst Heidebrecht, Valery Levental and Yuri Ustinov.
The strategy of Ural Opera is while performing the most significant classical works, to introduce the audience to the new compositions and names of composers, directors, artists on a regular basis. The repertoire includes the operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and, for the first time in the country, Rossini’s Le comte Ory, Satyagraha by Philip Glass, Weinberg’s The Passenger, Martinu's The Greek Passion. The Russian premiere of Three Sisters by Péter Eötvös is under preparation. Every theatre premiere is accompanied by a comprehensive educational program which is made possible thanks to the support of cultural and diplomatic institutions of Poland, Czech Republic, Greece and Switzerland.