Founded as the “Bolshoi Theater” in the 18th
century (not to be confused with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow
), it was then renamed the Mariinsky Theater
. It is the most famous and most frequently visited opera and ballet theater in Saint Petersburg.
It is composed of 2 buildings – the historical one (from the middle of the 19th
century) and the new one, which was opened in 2013 under the management of the current theater director, Valeriy Gergiev
. The second building has brought a lot of criticism from the public in St. Petersburg due to its architectural design.
Mariinsky Theater website for buying tickets online: https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill
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