(Kirov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre)
The theatre building was constructed in 1859 by the architect A. Kvasov. The opening night took place on October 2, 1860 with the opera “Life for the Tsar” by M.I. Glinka. The theatre was named after the spouse of Alexander II.
Elizaveta Lavrovskaya, Fyodor Shalapin, Matilda Kshesinskaya, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Vazlav Nizhinskiy, Mikhail Fokin and Galina Ulanova were the stars of its scene. The art director of the theatre is Valeriy Gergiev, one of the best conductors in the world.
Address: 1 Theatre Square
The Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
(Small Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre)
The architect A. Brullov constructed the building of the theatre in 1831-1833. It was named after the brother of Emperor Nicolay I. ‘Cupid in the village’ was the ballet shown at the opening night on November, 8, 1833.
Pieces by such modern composers as Dmitry Shostakovich, Armen Hachaturan, Rodion Shchedrin, Sergey Prokofyev and Dmitry Kabalevsky were performed for the first time on the stage of the Mussorgsky theatre.
Address: 1 Isskustv (Arts) Square.
The Hermitage Theatre
The Hermitage theatre is one of the five wonderful buildings that comprise architectural ensemble of the Hermitage. The outstanding architect Giacomo Quarenghi built it in 1783 – 1787 as a private theatre for Catherine the Great.
The theatre is located at the corner of the Palace Embankment and Winter Canal. The Hermitage theatre is one of the best chamber theatres in the world. The building represents one of the most impressive examples of Russian Classicism of the 1780s.
Chamber music concerts and opera evenings take place at the theatre nowadays, as well as ballet evenings with the participation of such stars as Yulia Makhalina and Farukh Ruzimatov.
Address: 34 Palace embankment
Opera Studio of Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory
The architect V. Nicol constructed the building of the Opera Studio in 1891-1896.
The Studio was organized in it in 1923.
Address: 3 Theatre Square
Musical Comedy Theatre
The building of the theatre was constructed in 1799-1801 upon the project of the architect E. Sokolov.
In the 1920s it was reconstructed into the theatre. For this purpose, two halls were made in the palace: the lower one intended for the restaurant and the upper – for the audience. The best Russian actors, stars of the Russian classical ballet and the most celebrant musicians perform on stage of the Musical Comedy Theatre nowadays.
Address: 13 Italyanskaya st.