Russia is world-renowned for its performing arts, home to some of the largest, oldest and most professional ballet and opera companies in the world. No visit to Russia would be complete without a theatre visit, and no matter which part of the country you are visiting, you will not be disappointed. In Chelyabinsk, make sure you book your performance at the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, otherwise known as Glinka Theatre. It is named after Michael Glinka, a Russian composer famed as the father of classical music and for his distinctive style.
With Russian theatre it is often as much about the glamor of the actual building as it is about the show. The theatre itself is one of the city’s landmarks. The yellow and white external façade is supported by 8 pillar columns and is adorned with ornate features and statues. Glinka Theatre was built between 1937 and 1954, and its opening was delayed due to the outbreak of WWII. The building is well maintained and received extensive renovations in 1983. However, you will be most impressed when you enter the theatre. The internal decoration and paintings are beautiful. Above the main stage an inscriptions reminds you that the theatre was completed in 1954.
A Global Success
The professional theatre troupe not only put on fantastic performances at their home theatre but has also traveled Russia extensively as well as many other countries worldwide. It is a great testament to their success and skill. The theatre has a capacity for 1,200 theatre-goers, and daytime performances are also available. The great thing about ballet and opera is that you do not need to understand the language to become fully absorbed into the magnificence of the show.
Staff at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Chelyabinsk will be happy to help you find out what performances are on and how to purchase tickets. Make sure that you set aside some time for a ballet or opera experience. Delve further into the heritage and culture of this city by visiting the Chelysbinsk Regional Museum which tells the story of the South Urals region.