Mariinsky Theater

By on April 27, 2013
Mariinsky theatre St. Petersburg

Today the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater includes different performances – from classics to urgent modern plays. The tradition “to go to the ballet” was created in St. Petersburg almost 300 years ago and it was supported not only by monarchs but also by great Russian writers like Pushkin and Akhmatova. Nowadays the performances of Mariinsky Theater are still popular among Russian bohemia and the visitors of the city. Modern repertoire is literally shining with the talented stagings of “Don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliette”, “Swan Lake”, “The Bronze Horseman”… How about drop in at one of the most important Russian theatres!

The history of St. Petersburg’s opera and ballet began almost 300 years ago. It’s an open secret that St. Petersburg was supposed to be “a window to Europe” and that’s why Russian monarchs tried to gather all the fashionable western entertainments here and to enrich them with some local features. The Imperial opera and ballet theatre in Saint Petersburg was established in 1783, at the behest of Catherine the Great, in the majestic building of the circus designed by famous architect A. Rinaldi. Enormous roomy halls, sophisticated architecture, contemporarily well-equipped stage, luxurious interiors, – everything impressed the guests’ imagination. Dramatic plays and playing and singing concerts were conducted by Russian, Italian and French troupes.

The external appearance of the theatre was constantly improving, first according to the design by Thomas de Tomon, then by A. Kavos, the descendant of an ancient Venetian family. This theater was considered to be one of the best in the country; it was among the Imperial Russian theaters under the authority of the tsar’s court. Its repertoire was increasing with each year, it contained opera “Moonworld” by Giovanni Paisiello, ballet “Zephyr and Flora” by Charles Didelot, “Magic flute” by Mozart, “The Barbe of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini, other masterpieces by Bellini, Verdi, Gounod, Auber, etc.

Mariinsky Theater gained its present name after the wife of Alexander II, empress consort Maria Alexadrovna.

The traditions of the early Russian musical stage were created here in the end of the 19th century. Operas like “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgsky, “May night”, “The Snow Maiden” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “The Prince Igor” by Borodin, “The Maid of Orleans”, “The Enchantress”, “The Queen of Spades”, “Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky, “Demon” by Rubinstein. The ballet stage was growing under the guidance of Jules Perrot, Arthur Saint-Leon, Marius Petipa. Classic plays – “Giselle”, “Esmeralda”, “Corsair”, “Swan lake” – were a great success.

Mariinsky theatre St Petersburg inside


The price of a ticket to Mariinsky theatre depends on a play or concert performed and on a place. Typically, ticket price vary from 400 to 3200 rubles.

Tickets are sold on the official web-site and in the ticket office of the theatre. Also it is easy to buy tickets on Nevsky – on the 2nd floor of “Gostiny dvor”, oldest shopping mall in the city (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.)


Address:  St.Petersburg, Teatralnaya square, 1

Transport: Get to metro station “Nevsky prospekt” (“Gostiny dvor”), then bus № 3, 22, 27 or minibuses K-180, K-169, get to metro station “Sadovaya”)”Sennaya poshad’”, then minibuses K-1, K-186, K-124, K-350.

Т. +7812 3264141

Translation by Igor Todorov

About Julia G.

I am from Moscow, but very frequent in S.Peter. Love it!


  1. Balletomane

    March 31, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Thank you, and Goodness for the first time to have the Mariinsky Ballet Academy Curriculum Level 1-8 Diploma of Choreographic Artist at Theatre.

    – With Love of California

  2. Davis

    December 18, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I am interested in tickets for Swan Lake for January 15 to 18. Is it possible to buy them now and where from?

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