My first time to St Petersburg this coming August with a cruise and I'm in charge of buying ballet tickets at the Mariinsky (Swan Lake) for 17 people. The Mariinsky website states that tickets can be bought online only thru Kassir.ru. Is this a safe and reputable website to buy from? Will the Mariinsky themselves eventually start to sell tickets for that same show from their own website? My tour company (SPB) is warning me not to buy tickets from a third party if possible (they aren't offering to buy the tickets for me yet).
Seems like it's only the block of shows in August produced by the Leonid Yacobson ballet theatre that is sold thru Kassir.ru
I've managed to google translate the purchase process and read thru all the threads about seat choices, so hopefully my Canadian visa card payment will go thru without problems. But I just wanted to make sure they are legit before buying.