A visit to Russia is not complete without a trip to the opera. Russia boasts a number of famous opera houses – some located in lesser known cities – that have a spectacular repertoire from both Russian and international composers. Here’s the ones you shouldn’t miss when in town.
The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the most recognised concert halls in the world. It was created as a stage for the imperial ballet and opera troupe that previously performed only in small venues. This stage, at the time of construction, was the largest in the world. The Mariinsky is closely connected to the history of Russian opera, as many famous productions of Russian composers premiered here for the first time. These works include those of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov.
The Chuvash Opera and Ballet Theatre began its creative work staging a local opera, Shivarman, in 1960 and then other Chuvash operas in later years. The theatre troupe has also successfully undertaken classical opera pieces, such as Eugene Onegin, The Barber of Seville and others. The theatre developed a prominent repertoire in the following decades when more students from the State Conservatory started joining the troupe. In 1993, the theatre was given the highest honour of being named a state theatre.