Mariinsky Theatre began existence in 1783, with the opening day of the Great Big Theatre, founded by imperial decree of Catherine the Great and was a member of the Imperial Theatres in Russia. Until today, the Mariinsky Theatre has been the most stylish and the western theater of our country, that is, the best from an artistic point of view.
In these days the theater is the cultural heart of St. Petersburg. In addition to traditional performances and concerts are regularly organizes performances of major orchestras in Europe, large-scale ballets, you enjoy opera debut.
Art lovers are in the Mariinsky Theatre stars that lit up in the past decade - Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina.
In the theater, you can still hear the high-level opera, sometimes come and foreign celebrities. Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre is considered one of the best, not only in the city but in the whole world. Those who are going to come to St. Petersburg specifically to visit the theater, it is recommended to buy tickets in June, when the festival "Stars of the White Nights". In May 2013 near the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre opened the second stage.
Going to the Mariinsky Theatre, especially if you are inexperienced theatergoer, better find a poster with the schedule of performances and their description. Opera lovers can recommend the production of "Boris Godunov", "Don Quixote", "Faust", "A Life for the Tsar". Among the ballets stands became a classic "Swan Lake", "The Little Humpbacked Horse" and "Cinderella".