World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 1.1 (163 votes)

Mariinsky Theatre

Listed under Entertainment in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
  • Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
  • Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
  • Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
  • Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
Photo of Mariinsky Theatre
Photo by flickr user eugene_o
Pin It

The Mariinsky Theatre (Russian: Мариинский театр, also spelled Maryinsky Theatre) was opened in 1860 and so began a war between it and the Bolshoi in Moscow for which is Russia's pre-eminent opera and ballet theatre. Both theatres claim to have staged the first production of Swan Lake, but the Mariinsky definitely premiered some important works by Tchikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, and it also premiered many of Petipa's choreographic masterpieces, including The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. The theatre is home to the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Companies and the Mariiansky Orchestra, nee Kirov, and has been the home theatre of many great performers including Anna Pavlova, Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vaslav Nijinsky and Natalia Makarova.

The theatre's name comes from Empress Maria Alexandrovna whose bust is in the foyer as a reminder.

Mariinsky Theatre Website.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

can we have a guided tour of the Mariinsky Theatre

can we have a guided tour of the Mariinsky Theatre while we are in

St Petersburg in mid September 2010?. We will be staying at the Grand hotel Europe for 5 days.

2 Replies

The Mariinsky website has a virtual tour if that helps:

There are several tour companies that offer packages including a backstage tour of the theatre, however it might be easiest for you to go though the theatre itself:

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Sydney Opera House

    Significantly more graceful and elegant than the rest of Sydney, the Opera House is beautiful from all angles, and worth lookin…

  • See Kabuki at Minamiza

    If you’ve never come across Kabuki before you’re probably still familiar with the look of it - the heavily made up faces painte…

  • La Scala

    Recently restored to something of its former glory, La Scala is the world's most famous opera house, and for an operatic experi…

Nearby Experiences

  • Yusupov Palace

    Felix Yusupov murdered Rasputin, the notorious advisor to Tzar Nicholas II, in the basement of this palace in 1916 – which is s…

  • Pushka Inn

    Budget travellers will be relieved to find this attractive hotel in an 18th century house that once belonged to a friend of Pus…

  • St Isaac's Cathedral

    When this cathedral was erected it was the largest in Russia, built by Tzar Alexander I, its dome and even structure was accuse…

Related links

Contribute to this page