Classic Russian Ballet At Imperial Theater

Price
150 USD
Duration
3 hrs
Activity Level
EASY
Tour Category
Ticket Only
Classic Russian Ballet At Imperial Theater

When in Russia, it is an absolute must-have to spend an evening in an Imperial venue with a spectacular Russian Ballet. Most famous, traditional, classical Russian choreographic productions of The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker are awaiting you in the surroundings and interiors, where the Tzars and the nobility witnessed those performances over 100 years ago.


Highlights
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  • Swan Lake Ballet
  • Sleeping Beauty Ballet
  • Giselle Ballet
  • Nutcracker Ballet

Enjoy Swan Lake ballet by Piotr Tchaikovsky, one of the greatest Russian Composers of the 19th century. The world-renowned ballet will keep you enchanted by its music, rhythmic and colorful dances, the power of love, and a fierce fight for the good.

The ballet tells us the story of an enchanted girl, turned into a swan that can be freed by true love only. Prince Siegfried swears eternal love to her, but later, when forced to select the bride, chooses Odilia, who looks like the enchanted swan. He tries to correct his mistake but dies in the battle with the magical swan lake master.

When first staged, Swan Lake was a significant failure. It was only 20 years later when re-staged by Marius Petipa, the ballet took its contemporary look and became a world-famous symbol of Russian art.

3 hrs

The Sleeping Beauty ballet is based on the world-known fairy tale of a princess, cursed by the upset evil witch. The curse is fulfilled as the princess pricks her finger on the spindle and instantly falls into a deep sleep. She wakes up many years later to a kiss of a prince charming

The ballet was created by Russian famous composer Tchaikovsky. It's renowned for the great dances of the different fairies during the Royal ball

3 hrs

Giselle is a story of a peasant girl, deceived by her noble lover, who died and became the Wilis - one of the ghostly spirits of maidens betrayed by their lovers. The Wilis, led by their merciless queen Myrtha, haunt the forest at night to seek revenge on any man they encounter, forcing their victims to dance until they die of exhaustion. Giselle forgives her unfaithful love and saves him from the Wilis.

The ballet was first staged in 1841 in Paris, although the current version known worldwide belongs to Marius Petipa, who re-staged the forgotten dance and presented in during the "Russian seasons" in Paris.

3 hrs

The Nutcracker is a beautiful Christmas fairy tale about the dream of a girl called Mary on Christmas night. Mary dreams of her new toy - the Nutcracker leading the army of toys in a battle against the evil Mouse King

Although the Nutcracker is a Christmas tale, the ballet is shown the whole year-round. There are two versions of it - the traditional choreography by Marius Petipa, dating to 1892, and the 2001 version, where contemporary Russian artist Michael Chemiakin designed the costumes and the staging. The modern version keeps the fascinating old choreography but enhances it with the great costumes that turn the ballet into the cartoon on stage.
(Please note that contemporary Nutcracker version is available in Mariinsky theater only, subject to the playbill).

3 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
Show start times:
Mariinsky theater:         19:00
Hermitage Theater:       20:00
Alexandrinsky theater:  20:00
Mikhailovsky theater:    19:30

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show start to pick up your tickets (unless they had been delivered to your hotel)

Most famous, traditional, classical Russian choreographic productions of The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker are awaiting you in the surroundings and interiors, where the Tzars and the nobility witnessed those performances over 100 years ago.

Names of Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, Aleksandrisnky Theatre, Mikhailovsky Theatre, Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg are recognized all over the world, and we will be delighted to take you to one of these famous locations.

Depending on the season, we will also be able to offer you alternative theatre options.

Hermitage Theater:  No assigned seats - 'first come first get'  basis.
Alexandrinsky Theater: The quoted price includes VIP parterre seats (front & middle parterre center seats). If this category of seats is not available, we will contact you with available options at a cheaper price.
Mariinsky theater:
The quoted price includes mid-parterre seats (middle parterre center seats). If this category of seats is not available, we will contact you with available options at a cheaper or higher price.
Mikhailovsky theater: The quoted price includes VIP parterre seats (front & middle parterre center seats). If this category of seats is not available, we will contact you with available options at a cheaper price.

  Duration of the show: 3 hours (usually 3 acts)

OPTIONAL (Surcharge)  Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the theatre about 30 minutes before the start of the show, which is enough time to get to know the architectural masterpieces and find your way to your seats. After the performance, your driver will deliver you back to your hotel.
Book this tour
  • Theater ticket
  • Roundtrip transfer (*if relevant option Ticket + Roundtrip Transfer is ordered)
  • Roundtrip transfer (*if relevant option Ticket Only is ordered)
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Seating is non-assigned (you are free to take any seat), so we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the show.
  • Not wheelchair accessible, 4 flights of stairs to walk up
  • Dress code is cocktail/evening attire.
  • Intermissions: 2
NO payment is due when you place your reservation until we confirm availability!

ONCE the tickets are confirmed and paid for, ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND INCUR 100% CANCELLATION  PENALTIES!!!


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