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Ballet and Opera in Moscow

HNovaya Opera Theatre

The new building of the Novaya Opera, constructed in the Hermitage Garden, has an audience capacity of more than 700 and is supplied with state-of-the-art lighting equipment and stage machinery, which make it possible to create productions with complicated stage effects. The Novaya Opera Theater, boasts an extensive repertoire of opera classics, including Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Verdi's La Traviata and Rigoletto, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden.

The theater also has some excellent productions of lesser-known works, such as Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Rubinshtein's The Demon and Thomas' Hamlet (based on Shakespeare's tragedy). The theatre also performs various classic and modern operas in concert, ballet, a range of purely symphonic and choral concerts, a chamber orchestra and small ensemble program and various concerts especially for children. It may be less well known than the Bolshoi, but it's also less expensive.

Moscow Ballet and Opera

Address: 3 Ulitsa Karetny Ryad, Hermitage Gardens, Moscow
Tel: 095-200-1830
Metro: Mayakovskaya
Performances: Daily 19:00 p.m.


The Moskovskaya Operetta Theater, then called the Moscow Private Opera Theater, was founded in 1896 by the wealthy tycoon Sawa Mamontov.

The theater's first few performances were held in an old cinema and featured some of the most talented performers of the day.Today the theater's repertoire features a range of smaller, lightweight operas and a few better-known classics. Visitors can enjoy performances of Kalman's operettas The Circus Princess, Maritza, The Queen of Czardas, Offenbach's Prima Donna, Lehar's The Merry Widow, and also Stoklosa's brand new musical Metro, which was nominated for a Golden Mask prize in 2001.

Moscow Ballet and Opera

Address: 6 Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka, Moscow
Tel: 095-292-6377, 095-292-0405
Metro: Teatralnaya
Performances: Daily 19:00 p.m. with some matinees at 14:00 p.m.


The repertoire is divided between ballet from the Bolshoi, the sporadically good Kremlin Ballet, and visiting companies, and concerts by ageing Western rockers like Bryan Adams, Chris Rea and the stars of Russian. The Palace's 6,000-seater auditorium, filled with Soviet architectural decoration. The State Kremlin Palace is located in the very center of Moscow - in the ancient Kremlin. This enormously huge building (600000 cubic meters) is made of Urals marble. Beautiful surroundings with golden domes of ancient churches and fortress towers.

The room (6000 seats) and stage (450 square meters) are unique with their size and equipment. Formerly the hall where Soviet Communist Party congresses were held, this modern concert venue now has regular performances by Moscow opera and ballet troupes, including those from the Bolshoi.

It also has become the stage for international megastars such as Elton John, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, and Tina Turner.  

Moscow Ballet and Opera

Address: State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin, Moscow
Tel: 095-203-8817
Metro: Biblioteka Imeni Lenina.
Performances: On an occasional basis
Tickets: Available in Kremlin Box Office in Alexandrovsky Gardens (30-150 roubles).

This opera and ballet theatre is a more modest but well-respected younger sister of the Bolshoi, with an impressive interior and talented company.

The theatre boasts an extensive repertoire of the usual classical works and a few more interesting and lesser known one-act ballets and Russian favorites. The following ballets are well worth a look; Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, The Nutcracker; Minkus' Don Quixote, Adam's Giselle and Le Corsaire, as are the operas; Tchaikovsky's Iolanthe and The Queen of Spades, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, Puccini's La Boheme, Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Othello, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan.

Moscow Ballet and Opera

Address: 17 Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka, Moscow
Tel: 095-229-8388
Metro: Chekhovskaya.
Performances: Daily 19:00 p.m.


The Maly Theatre has seen the premieres of several important works by Russian authors. The Maly Theatre is still praised today for its performances, and its company counts some of the beset Russian dramatic actors among its number. The theatre still performs a broad repertoire of 19th century Russian literary classics. All performances are in Russian.

Address: Teatralnaya Ploshad 1/6, Moscow
Tel: 095-292-0050
Metro: Teatralnaya
Performances: Daily at 19:00 p.m., some weekend matinees


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