Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

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Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall

Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
4.5
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Rarisang
Melbourne, Australia457 contributions
Friends
I had been to the traditional Mariinsky once before when it still had its Soviet name the Kirov Theatre. It's a fabulous place to see opera and ballet and to watch the Petersburg aficionados.

We saw the opera 'Sadko' by Rimsky Korsakov which is four hours long with two intervals and composed of seven tableaux. It is an entrancing fairy tale with a Sea Princess and other entertaining characters. The staging was gorgeous. It is well worth seeing even if you're not an opera fan. The surtitles were in both Russian and English which helped a lot.

We had seats in the first level of the galleries in box 15. Great view. But some other people in the box had shuffled the chairs around and tried to take the front row chairs we had paid more for. Fortunately, the competent usher sorted it all out.

Another night we went to the new Mariinsky 2 theatre and it is jaw droppingly beautiful with the foyers lined with illuminated onyx. Wow. The acoustics are superb in the theatre and we loved the production of Richard Strauss' opera 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' - The Woman without a Shadow.

Book via the Mariinsky website. We had no trouble at all with booking or with presenting the tickets we had printed at home. Watch out for expensive online scalper sites. Book direct with the Mariinsky (and the Bolshoi in Moscow).

Written January 12, 2020
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thesarahrich
Jakarta, Indonesia85 contributions
This historic theater has been very well maintained and is well worth a visit. We saw the Nutcracker here in early January 2020 and weren't sure what to expect. However, the audience was engaged and respectful (despite some things I'd read to the contrary), and the performance itself was breathtaking. It was interesting that there were two intermissions (the first one after only 30 minutes!). I noticed that many people pre-ordered food/drinks and had them waiting for them at tables in the small cafes there. If you're interested in eating or drinking during these short breaks, I would recommend going that route. Otherwise, the lines can be quite long. The theater itself is absolutely beautiful and well worth a look, even if you aren't going for a show.
Written January 7, 2020
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Googleland
Mountain View, CA35 contributions
The world-famous Mariinsky Theatre added a second venue a few years ago. Located a few blocks from the theatre, the new concert hall has won rave reviews for acoustics, design, etc, and presents outstanding performers.

But be forewarned: This concert hall contains many truly terrible seats. And you do not want to be in one of them.

Specifically, if you buy any ticket in the balcony, when you sit down in your seat and look straight ahead, you see--a wall! It's like sitting in a bathtub with sides four feet high. The enclosing balcony walls are so high relative to you when seated that you cannot see the stage at all.

This is clearly bad news when you want to SEE, not just listen to what is going on below you on the stage. I am 5'10" and the only way I could see in the front-row balcony was to sit on the edge of my folded-up seat. People on the sides had to lean over and look straight down.

You can view these balcony seats on the Mariinsky website at http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/about/concert_hall/

Also, their are barriers at two places in the main section which impede your view of the stage. Again, these can been seen in the photo on the website. And avoid them.

I live in St. Petersburg three-four months of the year and have attended several performances in this venue. But after the first time I became very very choosy about seat location, and I pity people on group tours who get stuck in the seats with no view of the stage.
Written June 6, 2009
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Vogelgesang
Gran Canaria, Spain55 contributions
Family
We saw Tosca at the new Mariinsky II theatre. Maestro Gergiev conducted and the orchestra played very well. But the real attraction is the brand new 2000 seat opera house. From the outside it is a glass box behind the original Mariinsky, but inside it is magnificent. The auditorium has a good live acoustic and is largely in light coloured wood. The seats are spacious and comfortable and, like us, most of the audience spent the time before curtain up taking photos. Russia spent 200 billion (yes billion) roubles on the theatre and it shows in the gorgeous Onyx translucent wall coverings in the spacious lobbies. We had prosecco and nibbles in the cafe and interval drinks and the staff were English speaking and friendly. A great evening. Afterwards we went to Romeo Bar and Restaurant for a meal, also recommended.
Written July 26, 2013
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Vicki E
Varsity Lakes, Australia23 contributions
Friends
Must admit I'm not an Opera buff and got very bored. Seating was not to the standard of The Bolschoi in Moscow (obviously we didn't pay a heap for the seating so not a fair comparison).
Written June 8, 2012
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PassportEnvyTA
Kapolei, HI875 contributions
Couples
We are visiting St. Petersburg for the first time, aboard a crusie line, and we debated about whether or not to add this to our schedule -- after a long day of touring, and before a second long day of touring -- but, oh!
My advice now, after the fact, would be -- don't miss out!
We love old theatres, and try to attend a performance every time we travel -- Vienna, China, Budapest, Thailand, Australia......We've seen cultural presentations in these places that are memories of a lifetime. As is the Meriinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Erected in 1860 -- and home to the Mariinsky Ochestra, it has housed innumerable opera and ballets as the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century in Russia -- where the likes of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov have premiered their stage masterpieces.
We have tickets tonight for "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" ~ which was completely a dream. These ballarina's are liquid art, flowing and streaming and floating through the play in ways that captivate and transform you to a different place and time. This story line is humorous and easy to follow, as well.
The experience is also about the theatre itself, a regal presence, standing firm throughout the passing of time, holding open it's doors and it's heart to those who might, wandering by, just come inside to witness the magic of performers who bring story and art to life.
Come with an open heart and eye for beauty, and I doubt that you will go away unrewarded. I was completely enthralled, and will never forget this timeless experience.
Written October 13, 2016
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Carolina B
London, UK116 contributions
Couples
Attending a Classical Music Concert in St. Petersburg was so much fun. The performances were absolutely beautiful and I was enthralled with the conductor (he was so passionate and on queue), and with the main player(s) (who stood right behind the conductor). Aside from being extremely talented, the main player(s) were very enthusiastic as well. I recommend buying the tickets beforehand, and picking them up the day of the performance. The tickets were also reasonably priced. The hubby and I got great seats, and we paid a total of $32 USD for both (approximately). I would classify this as a definite must do if you’re in St. Petersburg.
Written April 12, 2013
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Arnold Ernesto G
Barranquilla, Colombia53 contributions
You may not be a ballet lover but having this experience in St Petersburg is something for life. If you like ballet, that´s the Olympus!
Written November 6, 2019
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Keith V
54 contributions
We rode bus 22 from the hotel, and that worked really well both ways. Check your coat on the same level as your theatre seat. Buy a drink at interval, but they won't take card, so be prepared. A beautiful place. Great atmosphere.
Written October 6, 2019
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raengil
Finland34 contributions
Friends
We came here to watch the ballet Giselle, which was wonderful. We booked our tickets online beforehand for the 3rd tier middle row (the second cheapest ticket group). The view was great, since the stage is so big and our seats were in the middle. The only issue was caused by the people in the row in front of us, as they sometimes blocked the view, but by leaning forward we were able to see everything. So, the price is not necessarily an issue when trying to find good seats. The theater itself was gorgeous too. If you have a chance, I'd definitely recommend watching a show here!
Written July 29, 2019
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