The Mariinsky Theatre is the Imperial Ballet Theatre, which was founded in the 18th century.
The theatre has been home to some of the world's greatest ballet stars including Pavlova & Nijinsky.
Its fabulous interior can be spied on if you go into the ticket office area and peek through the door - magnificent.
You can still see opera and ballet performances here, but bookings are essential!
home of an opera company, an orchestra, and of course, a very famous ballet company. Also once known as the Kirov during the Soviet era, for anyone who has studied or loves ballet, this building might be likened to a shrine!! The Mariinsky has played a significant role in the history of Russian ballet. Upon its stage, ballet "supernovas" such as Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky, Rudolph Nureyev, Galina Ulanova, and Michail Baryshnikov have danced!! It has also featured the works of Jerome Robbins and Balanchine. The great Marius Petipa was the Ballet Master at the Mariinsky in 1869. These names may be meaningless to some unfamiliar with the history of ballet, but I absolutely love ballet and studied it myself for quite a few years so the names are quite familiar!
But as the Mariinsky is the home of the opera company as well, a fortunate few will be able to see & hear the opera, "Queen of Spades" a work by Alexander Galibin, this coming September, 2005. Check the website for the current performance schedule of this opera and other performances. The "Backstage Restaurant" is just steps from the Opera House.
A Brief History The Mariisnky Theatre today is an architecturally ornate and imposing building, but its origins were much more humble. Now situated on what is known as Theatre Square, carnivals and amateur performances took place in a wooden building on the site in 1765. Later a stone building was erected known as the Bolshoi, but it was subject to repeated fires. The current building was completed in 1859 by architect, Albert Calvos, and it was named the Mariinsky Theatre in honor of Empress Maria Fiodorovna, wife of Tzar Alexander II. The theatre was heavily damaged during the 900 days Seige of Leningrad, but restored in 1944.
The Ostrovski Square is surely dominated by the big Aleksandrinski Theatre building.
Wow, it looked really impressive.
This theatre is also designed by Carlo Rossi, and it was designed in a neo classic style.
The portico with the six Corinthian columns looks great, on top of this portico there is a War chariot with Apollo in it (Apollo : God of Art)
As I walked along the Fontanka Channel, I noticed a green big building.
It looked like a big theatre, for a moment I thought ochh is it big Mariinski theatre as it was also painted in green and white (I had seen some pictures from the Mariinski Theatre in a travel guide). But I thought this is not possible seen the direction I was walking, so I took my map and then I found out that this was not the Mariinski Theatre but the Bolsjoj drama Theatre.
And it looked as the performance had just ended as all the persons came out. And like this I was in the middle of a crowdie street.
When I walked around the Ostrovski Square, I heard a band playing music somewhere.
But a soon as I reached the Aleksandrinski Theatre, I could see where the music came from.
Just in front there was a band playing music.
They were welcoming the guests to the theatre. It was great to see and to hear.
The performance in the Aleksandrinski Theatre was Russian Ballet.
I believe that must be very beautiful to see, that elegance . . .
But I had already booked two theatre shows in St Petersburg (Swan Lake in Mussorgsky Theatre and Aida in the big Mariinski Theatre).
I had never even seen an opera before this summer in St. Petersburg, but with $5 student tickets available I ended up seeing four operas and three ballets! Most of them were excellent. You can get decent prices even if you are not a student. Tickets are sold in "kassas" on Nevsky and elsewhere. I find that the very last row in the theater isn't a bad place to sit, as long as you are in the center. Russian operas at the Mariinsky Theater have English subtitles, non-Russian operas have Russian subtitles. Other theaters don't offer subtitles.
once known as the kirov theatre in soviet times, the mariinskiy theatre was built in 1860. this neo-renaissance building was designed by albert kavos who was also the architect of the bolshoy theatre in moscow. the mariinsky is best known for ballet, it is also st. petersburg's opera house.
We had the choice of 2 theatre performances, The Cossack Dancers or the Russian Ballet. I chose the Cossack Dancers to my wife's disappointment, but after seeing this wonderful performance she was extremely happy.
Well worth the money!
The Mariinsky Theatre is home to the world famous Kirov Ballet company, and I found it to live up to its reputation as the best theatre in St. Petersburg. I saw three operas and one ballet at this theatre. Swan Lake at the Mariinsky was about as good as it gets when it comes to ballet. The costumes and scenery are always top-notch. The Russian operas have English subtitles, while non-Russian operas such as La Boheme have Russian subtitles.
The world-renowned theater, known during Soviet times as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, resumed its original name in 1992.
The present building dates back to 1859, when an earlier theater was remodeled and got its name - the Mariinsky. During the pre-revolutionary years the theater was constantly under royal patronage. Fiodor Shaliapin sang on its stage and among the most prominent dancers were Vatslav Nizhinsky, Matilda Kshesinskaya, Anna Pavlova and many others.
The building and its marvelous 1625-seat hall were severely damaged during the 900-day Siege of Leningrad and restored in 1944. Since then the theater has maintained its excellent reputation particularly for classical ballet. The most prominent conductors were Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev (currently Chief conductor) and among ballet directors - Leonid Yakobson. The famous Rudolf Nureev danced here too.
Prior to seeing Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" here at the St Petersburg State Academy Ballet, I told people that although I appreciate opera and symphony, I could not stand ballets and found them cures for insomnia.
After seeing a performance of Swan Lake here on September 16, 2004, I must admit that I was wrong. Ballet, when performed by the best in the world is captivating, intense, and extremely exciting. The dancers were perfect in their grace, beauty, and ballet technique. It was one of my top 5 highlights and number highlight of my nights in St. Petersburg.
Seeing a ballet performance at Mariinsky was one of our 'must do' on our itinerary. The ticket was quite expensive as the cheaper seats were all sold out by the time I got around to buying the tickets, but they were good seats, affording us good view of the stage. The performance: Swan Lake -- it was beautiful, well worth the money.
The Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra.
This beautifully painted green & white Theatre, was opened to the public in 1860. Royalty came here during pre-revolutionary times, and also some of Russia’s most celebrated classical performers.
The original Tsar's Box of the Mariinsky Theatre is still there!
The Theatre is known for its classical ballet performances and has held many World premieres.
Some notable ones are....Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov in 1874, Tchaikovsky's operas The Queen of Spades in 1890 and Iolanta in 1892, the revised version of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet in 1940, and Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus in 1956.
There are two Jam Hall movie theaters in St. Petersburg. They serve food and beverages while you watch a movie.
They have sofas for seating 2 or 3 people and serve pizza and cocktails while you enjoy the show. You turn on a little red light on the small table in front of your sofa for service.
The service is slow.
For the midnight shows there is no food service and the waitresses leave in 15 minutes. Things from the bar are generally good and pizza is not bad. Ice cream may taste old and soda may be served warm. But if the movie is good and the company good, it is a nice place.
There is usually an art exhibit in the lobby and bar for coffee or other treats while you wait.
Like most theaters in Russia, you reserve the seat when you buy the ticket. For a new release you can buy the ticket the day before and make sure you get in.
Another place I try not to miss when I am in Peter. The ballet here is absolutly fantastic, but what I love even more are the sets. Teh Nutcracker was absolutly awesome. You don't need to worry to much about dressing up. People come in all styles of dress from Jeans to suits and ties. The picture here is of the Tzars box, unfortunatly I didn't get to sit here :(