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MARIINSKY THEATRE (KIROV)
Teatralnaya square 1
The theatre has been the home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s and has become a mecca for both Russian and international artists. It is a cultural leader and one of the most illustrious and beautiful theatres in the world.
The theatre was reconstructed by A.Kavos, and in 1860 was opened as the Mariinsky Theatre. It was named after the wife of the reigning Tsar Alexander II, Marina.
Throughout the years, the theatre has held several names. In 1919, it was renamed the Kirov Theatre. In 1992 the name changed officially once again, back to the original name of Mariinsky Theatre.
Through its history, the stage of this theatre has seen such famous ballet-masters and ballet-dancers as A.Pavlova, M.Petipa, G.Ulanova, M.Baryshnikov, A.Nuriev.
The performances here are of world class quality. The current Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer, Oleg Vinogradov, has received international recognition for his outstanding work.
MALY THEATRE (MUSSORGSKY OPERAAND BALLET THEATRE)
Iskusstv square 1
The theatre was built by the architect Alexander Bryullov during 1830-1833. It was named after the brother of the Tsar Nicolas I, Michael. It was opened on 8 November in 1833. Before the revolution, touring French court-performers gave private performances to small groups of aristocrats at the theatre. Since 1918 the Maly Opera House (dedicated to Mussorgsky), as it was called up until 1992, was one of the centers of Soviet musical art.
Such famous ballet-masters as Yakobson and O.Vinogradov worked there. The current Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer, N.Boyarchikov calls the theatre as the laboratory of the modern choreography, although they have rather classical repertoire. Today in St.Petersburg, this Theatre is the second only to the Mariinsky Theatre.
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The first professional Drama Theatre in Russia. The building was constructed by famous Carlo Rossi. The Theatre completes the ensemble of the two squares and the street named after Rossi. The Gala opening of the Theatre took place in 1832, it was named after wife of Nicholas I. On the Aleksandinsky stage besides wonderful drama plays, the ballet performances are held with the stars of Russian choreography participating.
During the summer season and during the Russian Winter Festival, special ballet performances are staged with famous ballet dancers from St.Petersburg and Moscow.
PHILHARMONIC HALL (ACADEMIC PHILHARMONIA NAMED AFTER D.D.SHOSTAKOVICH)
Michailovskaya st., 2
The St.Petersburg Philharmonia, the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, is almost two hundred years old. Its history goes back to 1802 when the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the first one in Europe, was created.
It organized the world premiere of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in 1824.
The building housing the Philharmonia was constructed in 1839 by the architect P.Jacot (the facade designed by C.Rossi) for the St.Petersburg Assembly of the Noble.
Nowadays the St.Petersburg Philharmonia bears his name. The Grand Hall of the St.Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best concert halls in Europe.
IMPERIAL HERMITAGE THEATRE
Dvortsovaya Embankment, 32
The theatre was designed by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi and was constructed between the years of 1783-1787.
It was originally used as Catherine the Greats personal theatre. It is located on the corner of the Palace Embankment and the Winter Canal Embankment And in fact the theatre is one of the best Chamber music theatres in the world.
The Hermitage Theatre is presently used as the lecture hall for the State Hermitage Museum and as the stage for the ballet performances, chamber music recitals, and opera performances.
IMPERIAL THEATRE ON THE FONTANKA
Fontanka Embankment, 65
The theatre was built on the plot owned by the heirs of one of the closest associates of Peter the Great, Lieutenant-General Count Fiodor Apraksin. His descendant, Lieutenant-General Count Anton Apraksin, commissioned the theatre design from the notable St.Petersburg architect, an Italian by birth, academician L.Fontana.
The great Russian actress Maria Savina made her debut just on the scene of the Imperial Theatre on the Fontanka. Many outstanding guest artists regularly appeared here, such Italian actors and actresses as Eleonore Duse, Tommaso Salvini and Sandro Moissi among them.
The theatre-lovers not once had an opportunity to admire the performances given by the Comedie-Francaise, with Jean Mounet-Sully, or the great Sarra Bernhardt. The Italian opera from the Helsingfors Theatre was a regular guest of the Imperial Theatre. Such great Italians as Mattia Battistini, Angelo Masini and Giuseppe Anselmi sang there, the unforgettable Isidora Duncan danced there too.
ST.PETERSBURG KONSTANTIN TACHKIN BALLET THEATRE
The Theatre was founded in 1994 by Konstantin Tachkine and represents a classical ballet theatre which develops the traditions of Russian classical ballet. It is an unique private theatre in Saint-Petersburg and is able to compete with the most famous state companies.
The repertoire of the theatre includes such masterpieces of the world famous choreography as: "Giselle", "Don Quixote", "Swan Lake", "The Nutcracker", "Classical Ballet Gala", "Diamond", "Sleeping Beauty". All mentioned performances are based on classical choreography and on original music versions. Usually the theatre performs with orchestra accompaniment.