Culture in St. Petersburg – Operas and Ballets Galore this New Year!

by Elena on December 30, 2013

mariinsky 2 st petersburg new years day 2014 Mariinsky II, perfect for New Year\’s cultural events.

Anyone lucky enough to be in St. Petersburg this week has a whole barrage of cultural events to sample. Operas in seven acts, ballet stars doing one-act ballets, the Fontanka International Carnival, and even a bizarrely named ‘Feel Yourself Russian’ folk event. Ask Ulko Tours about getting your hands on tickets for these events and treat yourself to a classy New Year.

Ballet for New Year’s Day in St. Petersburg

Starting on New Year’s Day, the State Hermitage Theatre has a performance of Swan Lake, the classical ballet that everyone knows and loves. Perhaps you saw the movie Black Swan, with Natalie Portman, and want to get to know the original? What better place to do that than in Russia, where ballet companies outshine many others the world over.

Starting on the 2nd and running over the following few days to the 5th, the Mariinsky Theatre (which is worth a visit in itself) hosts a performance of the Nutcracker (a ballet composed by Peter Tchaikovsky) by the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Not to be outdone, the new theatre at the Mariinsky, known as Mariinsky II, offers Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’, an opera in four acts.

Also on the 2nd of January, 2014, is Peter Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, an opera in two acts, being put on at the Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre. The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera has ‘Die Fledermaus’, an operetta in two acts by Johan Strauss playing on the 2nd, and the Mariinsky Opera and Concert Hall plays host to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Christmas Eve’ opera in four acts over the 2nd and 3rd of January.

Jazz, Carnivals, and Getting Into the Russian Spirit(s)

Perhaps opera and ballet aren’t your thing? Don’t worry, head on over to the Yury Temirkanov Grand Philharmonic Hall on the 2nd and witness the rousing rhythms of the Orchestra ‘Phonograph Jazz Band’ conducted by Sergey Zhilin. Things are also getting lively over at the State Classical Circus of St Petersburg as they kick off the International Carnival on Fontanka over the 2nd to the 5th.

You might want to treat the kids to some culture too by heading over to the Mariinsky II on the 3rd for Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella’ ballet in three acts, or leave the kids with a sitter and enjoy the Mariinsky Kirov’s performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida’ opera in four acts on the 3rd.

If you’re not quite feeling Russian enough yet then make sure to go to Nikolaevsky Palace on the 3rd-5th for the Feel Yourself Russian Best Folk Programme. Either that or pick up one of these traditional Russian gifts and head to the Vodka Museum.

Other events to consider this week if you’re in St. Petersburg include:

January 3rd, 2014

  • Yury Temirkanov Grand Philharmonic Hall – Chamber Orchestra of Jazz Music Oleg Lundstrem
  • St Petersburg Chamber Opera – Spain in the Songs and the Romances
  • St Petersburg Chamber Opera – Peter Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’ lyric opera in seven scenes

January 4th, 2014

  • Mariinsky – Mikhail Glinka’s ‘Rusian and Lyudmila’ magical opera in five acts
  • Mariinsky – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘The Snow Maiden’ springtime tale in a prologue and four acts
  • Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre – Cinderella opera in two acts
  • St Petersburg Chamber Opera – Evening of the Napoli

January 4th and 5th

  • Mariinsky – Peter Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Tale of the Princess of the Early Dawn’ scenes from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty
  • Mikhailovsky – Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ opera in two acts

January 5th, 2014

  • Mariinsky – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Sadko’ opera in seven scenes
  • Mariinsky II – Evening of one-act ballets: Sacre, Concerto DSCH
  • Hermitage Theatre of Classical Russian Ballet – Ballet Gala – best dances from different ballets, performed by the Hermitage Ballet Stars
  • St Petersburg Chamber Opera – Walking on Broadway

There’s always plenty to do in St. Petersburg, so make sure to contact Ulko Tours to book your trip and tickets so you don’t miss out!

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