Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg

Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg (must see)

Known as one of the oldest theaters in Russia, the Hermitage features concerts, lectures, plays, and music festivals. It is one of five Hermitage buildings that are located along the Palace Embankment on the Neva River. The theater features a Neoclassical design by architect Giacomo Quarenghi and was built from 1782 to 1785 at the request of Catherine the Great.

The semicircular auditorium was designed to resemble an amphitheater. Statues of Apollo and the muses purposefully decorate the hall. The stage displays Russian aristocracy at their best and you will feel every bit the Russian aristocrat when you visit. Guests will enjoy the red velvet, fake marble, and distinctive lighting that perfectly displays the beauty of this 18th-century jewel. Although the structure survived the Soviet years, and much of the original furnishings remain, the impressive and detailed sets were lost forever.

The best of the best performed at this theater. Leading artists such as Mathilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova, Fyodor Chaliapin, Svyatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yelena Obraztsova have graced the stage. In addition, ballets such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Chopiniana are frequently performed. Whether you enjoy opera, ballet, or theater, you will not leave disappointed.

Tip:
Open seating (no allocated seats) means you must go early and choose seats near to the rear and center for the best views!
If you want to see a non-tourist ballet performance, book the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg or the Bolshoi in Moscow.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am-10:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Hermitage Theatre
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Palace Embankment Walking Tour  

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