The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, located at the largest square in Europe – the Kuibyshev Square, is one of the most respected cultural institutions of Samara. The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is housed in a huge gray building with massive columns, embodying the architectural oppressive trend of the Stalin era. Its authors were famous Leningrad architects – N. Trotsky and N. Katzenelenbogen.

Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre at night

The exterior of the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater has one of the biggest collectives in Russia – it consists of permanent troupe of soloists, the orchestra, the choir and the ballet dancers. It started its shining history on 1 June 1931, with the opera “Boris Godunov” written by great Russian composer M.P. Mussorgsky for the first theatre season. The world, and, in particular, the Russian opera and ballet classics became the basis for its repertoire and the authority of the theatre has always sticked to it.

For many decades the theatre has developed and maintained its strong links with the Bolshoi Theatre, which were established in the first years of its existence. The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater was headed by such figures of the Bolshoi Theatre as the director I. Lapitsky, choreographer A. Tomsky. During the Second World War (and Great Patriotic War), the Bolshoi Theatre was evacuated to Samara (from 1941 to 1943), that became the brightest milestone in the history of the city. It was here in Samara (former Kuibyshev) where the world’s first performance of the Seventh (“Leningradskaya”) Symphony by D. Shostakovich was performed by the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra on 5 March 1942.

The gold and cut glass of Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The gold and cut glass of Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The troupe of the Samara Opera House quite often performs new or rare compositions. This tradition is still alive today. For example, in a stock of plays of the theatre among classical operas, such as “Iolanta”, “The Queen of Spades”by P. Tchaikovsky, “Prince Igor” by A. Borodin or “Troubadour” by G. Verdi, you can find “Cherevichki” – a performance combining S. Rachmaninov’s opera” Francesca da Rimini “and a ballet by the music of P. Tchaikovsky with the same name.

In addition to the pleasure received from performances and performances, theatre guests have the opportunity to enjoy its lush interior and luxurious interior. The elegance of crystal chandeliers, complemented by a colourful combination of curtains and cornices, impeccable duet of redness and gold, beautiful scenery, a spacious auditorium and remarkable acoustics are peculiar features of the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. It has delighted a great amount of lovers of the theatrical scene for many years. An excellent addition to all said , the theatre has a cosy cafe, where you can take your time during a break. Thus, Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is undoubtedly the key sight of Samara and is worth multiple visiting.

Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre inside

The splendid interior of Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

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