THEATRE – MARIINSKY THEATER
Two things spring to mind when you think of classical Russia: ballet and opera.
The Mariinsky Theater has been the home of these two great Russian institutions since it opened in 1860. Named in honor of Tsarina Maria Alexandranov, wife of Alexander II, the theater has not only become one of the symbols of St Petersburg, but Russia as a whole. While the theater is predominantly thought of as a ballet hall, it is equally famous for the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky- Korsakov, the singing of Fyodor Chaliapin, Ivan Yershov, Medea and Nikolai Figner, and Sofia Preobrazhenskaya, as well as ballet dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Stopping in for a show is sure to be one of the highlights of the tour, and elite travelers can look forward to a seat in the Tsar’s Box; the best place to view the concerts from. This box is always highly sought after so call ahead to avoid disappointment.