The present building of the Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre was built in Soviet Constructivism style between 1934 and 1939 after designs of the Belarusian architect Iosif Langbard.
It is officially called: National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
During WWII the theatre was bombed, but luckily stayed almost undamaged. During this time it was turned into stables by the Nazis.
Between 2006 and 2009 the building and the surrounding area underwent massive renovations. The current theatre has a capacity of 1200 people.
The magnificent building of the Belarusian Opera and Ballet theatre towers on top of Troitsky Hill, at
the eastern end of Minsk's old town (Trinity Suburb, Traiyetskoye Predmestye).
Address: Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre, pl. Parizhskaya Kommuna 1, Minsk
I LOVE Belarussian Opera and Ballet! If you are in Minsk, you absolutely must see it! I promise, you won`t be disappointed (and it`s SO affordable anyway).
As our original Opera/Ballet theater (on Parizskoj Kommyni square) is under reconstruction (see picture #3), the operas/ballets are held in the Palace of Republic on Oktyabr`skaya square.
Tickets can be bought in the theater`s ticket office OR on Nezavisimosti avenue next to GUM (see lady standing in a small booth covered with posters - few yards on your left from the GUM entrance if you are facing the building).
Price range is from 3500 (~$1.6) to 20 000 belarussian rubles (~$9.00).
MUST see ballets:
- ESPECIALLY: Karl Orf`s 'Karmina Burana' + Bize`s 'Karmen Suita' - I`ve seen it 3 times and still cannot get enough. ;-)
- Petrov`s 'Sotvorenie Mira' [translation: Creation of the World].
Performance starts at 7.00 pm.
Theater does not work on Mondays.
You certanly should go to my favorite theatre, the State Belarussian Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. In front of it is the monument to poet Maxim Bogdanovich
Great dancers with a rich repertoire, amazing - often avant-garde - sets and an extremely competent orchestra.