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NEW PROJECT OF THE MUSEUM OF COSMONAUTICS

08 April 2021

Russian News Agency TASS and its educational project Newm together with the Museum of Cosmonautics of Moscow have launched a new project - a series of videos dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space. The first of the three stories introduces viewers to the process of rocketing the Vostok launch vehicle and placing the spacecraft in orbit.
IGOR STRAVINSKY DAYS

05 April 2021

Stravinsky Days will be celebrated with concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The event, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the composer's death, will be held from 4 to 6 April in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Maestro Valery Gergiev has opened the Igor Stravinsky Days at the Mariinsky Theater on April 04.

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Russia offers a great variety of entertainment for any taste and budget. Those who love classic music can take an opportunity to visit 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 renowned is the International Arts Festival "Stars of the White Nights” held since 1993 in the Mariinsky Theatre under the initiative of Valery Gergiev, a prominent conductor. In Russia you can see everything from a musical to a tragedy in numerous theatres and theatre studios. Besides, your visit to Russia would be incomplete without seeing a local folk show.



St. Petersburg

Mariinsky Theatre


Mariinsky Theatre is one of the leading musical theaters in Russia and in the world. Operas and ballets created by great Russian and foreign composers were staged here for more than 200 years, starting with the opera "A Life for the Tsar” by Mikhail Glinka, that was staged in this theatre for the first time in 1860. Valery Gergiev who is the chief artistic director of the theatre is known as one of the best conductors in the world.


Mariinsky Theatre has two stages: the historical stage and the New Mariinsky stage. The New stage is the second part of the theatre complex together with the original 1860 Mariinsky Theatre building and the 2007 Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall.


The New stage can be described as modern and ambitious project, as all the latest technical achievements were used for the construction so that the most complex audio-visual effects and scenery could be used in the plays. Another distinctive detail is a giant onyx wall which is visible from outside and beautifully illuminated.

    


Mikhalovsky Theatre


Mikhailovsky Theatre is the second largest musical theatre in St. Petersburg. The theatre was named after the brother of the Russian emperor Nicholas II - Mikhail.


Here the king of waltzes Johann Strauss completed his 30-year St. Petersburg seasons with the operetta "The Gypsy Baron". The spirit of creativity and the high theatrical culture were brought here by outstanding musicians, opera and ballet figures, including director Vsevolod Meyerhold, the great Fyodor Shalyapin etc. The theatre hosted world premieres of the greatest operas of the 20th century, including "Katerina Izmailova" and "The Nose" by Dmitry Shostakovich, "War and Peace" by Sergei Prokofiev etc.


Today the repertoire of the theatre includes world classic operas and ballets: "The Swan Lake", "The Nutcracker”, "Don Quixote”, "Boris Godunov”, "Romeo and Juliet” etc.



Hermitage Theatre


Hermitage Theatre was opened as a theatre in 1785 for Catherine the Great. The whole European and Russian repertoire of the 18th 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 19th century were unsuccessful. In 1989, after the reconstruction of the Hermitage Theatre it was opened again. Now Russian ballet stars perform here again. The decoration of the theatre belongs to the imperial epoque and lets the spectators feel like tsars and tsarinas.



Alexandrinsky Theatre


Alexandrinsky Theatre was constructed under the project of K. Rossi, in 1832, and is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century. The theatre was named after the wife of the emperor Nicholas II - Alexandra. In the beginning the theatre was staging ballets, operas, and dramas. 


Presently, the theatre is restoring this tradition. Although it is called the drama theatre, ballet and opera are performed here again.





Folk show «Feel Yourself Russian»


Your visit to Russia will be incomplete without visiting a folklore show. The best professional groups in the country present the masterpieces of Russian traditional songs and dances. One of the most important elements of the show are the remarkable costumes of the performers. It helps the choreographer's idea reach the viewer making the scene more expressive. You also have the opportunity to enjoy famous Russian songs "Katyusha”, “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 the folk show leaves on the spectators may be described as a "fairytale".



Moscow

Bolshoi Theatre


Established in 1776, it is the main stage of Russia where the audience has the opportunity to see the 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 Magic Flute and Don Giovanni by Mozart. The repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre changes dynamically with no fear of experiments and novelties. The sophisticated interiors of the theatre are the true gem itself.



Moscow Circus


The classical traditions of circus art, world fame and monumentality are perhaps the three distinguishing features of the Moscow Сircus. Each season the Сircus presents a new program, and in December a special New Year's performance is staged. Performances include clowning, acrobatics, balancing act, gymnastics, juggling, eccentricity, illusionism, pantomime, animal training and also the area that has recently experienced a rebirth - fire-eating. A visit to the Moscow Circus is a great way to see the traditional circus art. And besides, children love it so much!



Russian National Dance Show «Kostroma»


Each summer the world-famous folk-dance ensemble Kostroma presents its show in Moscow. The plot of the show is the history of Russia from old times to the present moment and the multicultural traditions of our country, presented in national dances and songs. Expanding the space of time and horizons, the performance conveys the incredible scale of the Great Country. The Russian National Dance Show «Kostroma» introduces the audience to Russian history through its multinational people - carriers of different confessions, residents of different territories, creators of different cultures. Around 50 artists, colourful scenery and beautiful costumes make the show unforgettable!

 

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