Sureyya Opera House, located in Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul, is home to the Istanbul Opera and Ballet Company. The building was originally completed in 1927 and underwent a major renovation in 2007. It is located on a nice shopping street and on the path of the nostalgic tram which circles an area of Kadikoy.
The opera house was originally built by Sureyya Ilmen (1875-1955) and used as a movie theater until the recent renovation. His bronze bust is located in the lobby.
The inside of the theater is richly decorated. I have now been to three ballets.
Most recently, I saw the classical ballet "Don Quixote", which was so nicely performed, I will go see it again. Four ballerinas rotate in the position of Kitri. All of the dancers listed in the program have Turkish names, as do the performance management.
Earlier, I saw a performance of Othello, which was billed as a modern ballet. No toes shoes or classical costumes, but lovely dancing. In the last scene, a bathtub is on stage with real running water, in which, Desdemona is drowned. Sorry if I spoiled the ending for anyone...