Like the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg has a reputation for producing great performances. In Russia, dance is a tradition that dates back to the 18th century, when the first imperial ballet school was created. Legendary dancers like Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov trained in the city before choosing freedom in exile, in Europe and the United States.
During your stay, don't miss an evening ballet performance at the Mariinsky, among the most spectacular the world over – we recommend you check beforehand whether the company is on tour elsewhere, it happens! Built in 1860, the theatre is truly superb. Especially admirable are its columns, painted ceiling, stage curtain, and stunning lobby, with its beautiful pilasters and bas-reliefs. Opera is the other big draw; it was here that The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky was presented for the first time, in 1890.
Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinskij teatr)
Teatralnaya ploshchad 1
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