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Russia offers great variety of entertainment for any taste and budget. Those who love classic arts can take an opportunity to visit famous theatres and concert halls. Russian opera and ballet are famous in the world for over 100 years. Music festivals play a special role in the cultural life of Russia. The largest and the most well known is the International Arts Festival "Stars of the White Nights” held since 1993 under the initiative of Valery Gergiev, a world known conductor. In Russia you can see everything from a musical to a tragedy in numerous theatres and theatre studios. Your visit to Russia would be incomplete without visiting a folk show.
Mariinsky Theatre (Kirovsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre):
The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the largest and oldest musical theatres in Russia and it is well known all over the world. In 1860, Glinka’s opera "A Life for the Tsar” was staged in this theatre. Operas and ballets created by great Russian composers were staged here as well. Valery Gergiev who is the chief artistic director of the theatre is one of the best conductors in the world.
The Mikhailovsky theatre is the second largest musical theatre in St. Petersburg. The theatre was named Mikhalovsky after brother of Emperor Nicolas II (1833). Premieres of works of Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, Shostakovich, and Schedrin were staged here. Today the repertoire of the theatre includes world classic operas and ballets: "The Swan Lake", "The Nutcracker”, "Don Quixote”, "Boris Godunov”, "Romeo and Juliet”.
It is the oldest theatre of St. Petersburg. It was opened as a theatre in 1785 for Catherine the Great. The whole European and Russian repertoire of the XVIII century was staged in this theatre. After Catherine the Great’s death, in 1796, it ceased its performances. All attempts to restore the theatre in the XIX century were unsuccessful. In 1989, after the reconstruction of the Hermitage Theatre it was opened again. Now Russian ballet stars perform here.
Alexandrinsky Theatre (the Russian State Pushkin Academy Theatre):
The Alexandrinsky Theatre is the oldest theatre in Russia. The building was constructed under the project of K. Rossi, in 1832, and is an architectural masterpiece of the XIX century. The theatre was named after the wife of Emperor Nicolas II (Alexandra). In the beginning the company of the theatre was staging ballets, operas, and dramas. Presently the theatre is restoring this tradition. Although it is called the drama theatre ballet companies and opera singers perform here again.
Grand Hall of Rimsky-Korskov Conservatory:
Many eminent singers, musicians, and conductors were starting their artistic careers in the Grand Hall of Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.
Shostakovich Philharmonic (The Grand Hall):
Shostakovich Philharmonic is the oldest music institution in Russia, and is one of the largest. In 1921, the Philharmonic Society was founded. Presently the Philharmonic Society includes two philharmonic orchestras. Such world famous conductors and musicians as Mravinsky, Zanderling, Svetlanov, Temirkanov, Richter, and Rostropovich were performing here.
Falk show in St. Petersburg.
Lyric and merry dancing and quire masterpieces will help you sensing the national features of Russian art. All dancers are faultless in performing their parts. One of the most important elements of the dance is the costume. It helps the choreographer's idea reach the viewer making the scene more expressive. You also have the opportunity to enjoy famous Russian songs "Katjusha”, "Kalinka", and "Moscow Nights" accompanied by a large orchestra of Russian national instruments. All companies performing for you have gained success not only in Russia, but all over the world. We can safely say that the impression that folk shows leave on the viewer may be described as a "fairytale".
THE BOLSHOI THEATRE
Established in 1776, it is the main stage of Russia where the audience has the opportunity to see famous ballets and operas by great Russian composers: the Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, the Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov, the Khovanshchina by Musorgsky, and others. And not the less popular theatre masterpieces created by European composers such as the Flying Dutchman by Wagner, the Turandot and Madam Butterfly by Puccini or the Magi Fluete and Don Giovanni by Mozart. The repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre changes dynamically with no fear of experiments and novelties.
Classic musiclovers should not miss an opportunity to listen to the academic orchestra in the concert hall ofMoscow Conservatory or Tchaikovsky concert hall. This huge concert hall that can accommodate 1600 people is the "birthplace” of the state symphony orchestra. The hall is characterized with fantastic acoustics. Among the famous composers who were working here were Pakhmaninov, Skrjabin, and Tchaikovsky. There is also the Maliy Hall normally used for chamber music concerts.
Interest tosymphony musicdoes not grow smaller and a new building of the Music Centredesigned especially for classical music concerts was recently built in Moscow.
The famous oldMoscow Circusat Tsvetnoy Bulvar is very popular among foreign tourists.
The large modern Circus at Vernadsky Prospect in Moscow has four interchangeable levels, including a pool and a skating ring that allow the Circus to stage fantastic performances.
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