The Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theatre opera company was formed on the basis of the creative association "Musical Theatre" at the Astrakhan Regional Philharmonic Society.
The Musical Theatre Choir has been repeatedly noted by experts as highly professional staff. Since the theatre foundation the choir has been headed by Galina Duncheva, she is Honored Artist of Russia now.
The Symphony Orchestra is the largest staff of the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theater. It consists of more than 90 musicians. Many musicians of the orchestra are graduates of Moscow and St. Petersburg conservatoires.