Art Galleries in St Petersburg

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St. Petersburg is Russia's cultural capital. This is one place where Old meets New and History is written so easily. Arts and music in the city dates as far in history as the foundation of the city.

Drama theaters, Art galleries, music halls, and cinemas fall within the scope of this section. It is our hope that this will be very helpful for those lovers of Art out there.

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St. Petersburg Music hall

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St. Petersburg Music hall is one of the most popular music ensembles in the city. It attracts audience from practically all walks of life. It was established in 1967 by I. Rakhlin. The bright, yellow-coloured building is still one of the biggest theaters in the city. It's exterior decorations are vivid displays of early 20th century architectural perfection.

Night performances at the Music Hall start at 7.00 p.m. Tickets should be booked at the booking office between 11.00 a.m and 7.00 p.m.

The Music Hall is about 5-10 minutes walk from the subway more..

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Mariinsky theater

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Mariinsky theater is one of the oldest and biggest music theaters in Russia. It is very famous all over the world as it dates back to 1783. The construction of the building was completed in 1858 to a design by Architect A. Kavos. The first opera staged at the theater was held in October 1860. It was the performance of M.I Glinka's "Life sacrificed for Tsar".

Operas and ballets written by great Russian composers have been staged in this theater. Such composers include E. Lavrovskaya, F. Shaliapin, M. Kshesinskaya, A. Pavlova, T. Karsavina, V. Nizhinsky, M. more..

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State Theater "Beyond the Looking Glass"

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The St. Petersburg State Theatre "Beyond the Looking Glass" was opened in 1987. The theatre's musical ensemble is many-sided. It transcends every play and finds itself not only in the sound of the orchestra and the actors' singing, but also in their every dance movement, gesture or arabesque, in every prosaic dialogue, in the visual art of scenery and costume-making.

Over its nine-year period of existence, the theatre has staged more than 20 plays. The theatre uses the works of generally accepted masters, like J.S. Bach, Mozart, Donizetti, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, and more..

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The Opera and Ballet Theater

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The Opera and Ballet theater was formerly called the Maly Opera and Ballet Academic theater. It is named in memory of the famous composer M.P Musorgsky.

The theater was the first to stage the works of modern composers. It was built in 1831-1833 to the design of the architect A. Brullov. The first performance at the theater took place on 8 November 1833. It was a ballet called "The Cupid in the village".

Famous works that have been performed here include those of S. Prokofyev, D. Kabalevsky, A. Khachaturyan, R. Schedrin and D. Shostakovitch.

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Capella House

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The Capella house is named in memory of the famous Russian composer M.I Glinka. St. Petersburg's Capella became popular as a center of performance of the best works of Russian and West European composers of the 15th-20th centuries. Most of these musical pieces were written for the choir.

Capella house was constructed by L. Benua for the Emperor Court Choir Capella. This choir was the oldest professional choir created in Moscow in 1479 and transferred to St. Petersburg in 1703.

Musical renditions of the Capella House today include organ, choir, and more..

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The Shostakovitch Philharmonic Hall (Big Hall)

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The Philharmonic Society was formed in 1921. It is the oldest and one of the biggest in Russia. The building of the Big Hall was carried out to a design by P. Jaquau between 1834-1839.

Today the Philharmonic Society comprises two symphony orchestras. Famous conductors and musicians that have performed in the Big Hall include K. Zanderling, S. Richter, M. Rostropovitch, Y. Temirkanov, D. Oistrakh, E. Svetlanov and E. Mravinsky.

Matinee begins at 4.00 p.m while night performances at Mariinsky start at 7.00 p.m. Book a ticket at the booking office between 11.00 a.m and more..

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Children's Drama Theatre

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The theater was established seven years ago with a very specific goal of bringing joy to the youngest viewers. Every play of the theatre has a festival-like quality. The performances have a strong emotional influence on both the children's and the adult audiences. The good old tales read all over the world are staged in the theatre. Almost all plays are musicals. The theatre's devoted work has in a very short time made it a favourite of St. Petersburg's children.

Address: 5 Sovetsky Pereulok Metro: Tehnologichesky Institute

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