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Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
Ranked #2 of 316 things to do in Novosibirsk
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Owner description: This internationally renowned theater is an architectural masterpiece and includes two well-known ballet and opera groups.
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Everyone in our group loved this experience even the ones who thought they may not! A modern and then a traditional performance. Very atmospheric. A stunning building, both inside and out and much to admire and absorb. Found the people of Siberia very welcoming.

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Reviewed 6 September 2013

The theatre is one of a kind with beautiful lighting effects and a master piece of architectural work.
I love the arrangements of the seats on a slant incline. The "Swan Ballet" is a must watch for any one.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

It is excellent theater, very beatiful both interior and exterior. I do recommend come for an hour before entertainment start and walk around the square. Do some photo of the frontage. Pillars are excellent! During vegetation period there are a lot of colorfull flowers in the square.
After you come in walk on the main steps before huge mirrors and you are up in the main hall, with buffets, photos, carpets and so on. Walk around from bust of Tchaikovsky to bust of Musorgsky and look at exhibition devoted to the story of the Theatre.
Now come in to the parter in order to look around this enormous hall with rows of apmphitheatre (from first to third), wonderful chanderlier, red carpets and many other things. I recommend also to climb up to third row of amphitheatre in order to put your eyes on the general view of this wonderful hall and orchestra pit.
Finally about entertainments there - in my opinion the ballet is on the very top of the world! Opera is not so high, but also not so bad.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

I join the unanimous opinion that it worth a visit. From outside as well as from inside the building is impressive. We sow Cinderella ballet by Prokofiev and we were delighted by the show , a well ballanced classical and contemporary interpretation.
They sell a booklet with good images about the history and life of the theatre and is cheap and bilingual Russian -English.
And don't bother about dress code, decent clothes are enough. There was a good atmosphere like local people were there for the sake of the show, not to make a display of their clothes and jewels, as it happens in other theatres of the world.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

The original project of the building was called The Science and Culture House. It was designed to fulfill a number of functions, by serving as a planetarium, a cinema and a theater hall, and it was also the site for various Revolutionary holidays - presentations and demonstrations - during which the participants could march through the building. The huge structure was even spacious enough for cars and tractors to drive through it. The audience hall was planned to seat 3,000 people.
By 1933, most of the construction work had been completed. However, in 1936 the plans were changed to convert the building into the Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1937 the project was awarded the Gold Medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.
One of the most unique parts of the building is its cupola, which is 60 meters in diameter, but only 8 cm thick, and it does not have any trusses. The cupola is covered with thousands of metallic scales.
By 1941, the building was basically complete, but construction work was stopped during WW II. It provided a place for safekeeping of exhibits evacuated from the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, Tretiakov Gallery and the Hermitage. Leningrad (nowadays – St. Petersburg) Philharmonics musicians lived in Novosibirsk and gave performances here during the war.
Nowadays, the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre repertoire is comprised of traditional performances of classical operas and ballets, as well as modern versions of classical operas by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Dashkevich, plus ballets with music by Tchaikovsky, Ribnikov, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Aden, Minkus, Chopin, Glass and others.

Figures & Statistics:
Beginning of construction: May 1931
End of construction: 1944
The first performance: May 12, 1945 (M. Glinka opera Ivan Susanin)

Theater building area: 11,837.8 m2
Theater building volume: 294,340 m3 (this is the biggest theatre building in Russia)
Cupola: diameter - 60 meters; height - 35 meters
Scene depth: 30 meters
Fire curtain weight: 32 tons
Chandelier: diameter – 6 meters; weight – 2 tons; material - crystal
Number of seats: main hall – 1,774; concert hall – 375; small hall – 150

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