The Mariinsky Theater

The Mariinsky theater it is a living testimony to Russian history and culture

In the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg stands the imposing Mariinsky Theater. Named in memory of Empress Maria, wife of Alexander II, this theater is one of the most famous theaters of Russia knowing by foreigners. During the Soviet times the Mariinsky Theater had another name: Kirov. The theater is one of the oldest and most important places of art life of Russia, the place you can not miss during your trip to Russia.

The history of the theater goes back to the year 1860, the year of opening with the representation of the opera of M. Glinka “A life for the tsar”. The main building, built in 1859 by the architect Albert Cavos and was occupied the place of the former Theater-Imperial Circus, tragically destroyed in a fire. Years later, Victor Schröter remodeled the Renaissance facade. Its architectural decoration has remained almost intact since the XIXth century. The painting realized in its ceiling is work of the Italian artist Enrico Franchioli. During the golden age of the Russian ballet, in 1914 was incorporated a splendid curtain designed by Alexandr Golovín.

In its heart was born the masterpieces of the XIXth and XXth centuries, including “A Life for the Tsar” and “Ruslan and Ludmila” by Glinka “Prince Igor” by Borodin, “The Lady of Spades”, “Iolanta”, “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky; As well as Shostakovich operas and Khachaturian ballets.

In the Mariinsky have also presented great works with the presence of its composer. This is the case of Verdi with “La forza del destino” ( which is called often as “The Force of Destiny“) in 1862. And Wagner, including his cycle of the Rhin Ring, “Tristan and Isolde” and “Parsifal”.

It is not only a beautiful building with history, it is also a place of comfortable and functionals characteristics that make your theater experience great: the seats are comfortable, the acoustics are excellent, the theater atmosphere is fantastic. The combination of all elements makes any show an unforgettable experience.

In recent years have been annexed halls, such as the Concert Hall in 2006, which allowed to expand the repertoire of the room and its corresponding orchestra.

Then, in 2013 and with a great economic investment, was opened Mariinsky 2, the new theater has seven overground and three underground floors, a large room of spectators with perfect visibility and equipped with the most modern technology in the world!

Externally, the Mariinsky is an austere building that contrasts with its interior spaces. The marble floors, the walls covered with onyx and the Swarovski lamps will surprise the visitor.

On your next tour to Russia, do not miss a concert in this spectacular theater with such a rich history!