We managed to race in for the last tour of the day, and it was definitely worth the hurry. Finding the entrance to the tour is really difficult, so make sure you go to the left side of the building, right around the corner from the main entrance. Once there, you can choose a variety of different languages to have the tour in, which is really helpful. We chose ours in English, and our Russian tour guide was very knowledgeable about the whole place. Apparently 80% of it was destroyed in WWII, but what is left has been well-preserved, and the restorations have still made for an impressive theater. They allowed us to go onto the stage and see where all the props were stored, which was great, and one of the stage hands even took my camera out to the center to take a picture of the seats for me. Wish I could afford the prices of the tickets, because I'd love to go see an opera there. The tour is definitely worth it, and I actually loved the gift shop - which definitely sounds like a tourist, but it was way better than most cheesy gift shops.
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