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Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Posted on January 30, 2012 by


Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the largest and one of the most technically advanced theaters in Russia.

Its main floor features ticket offices and vestibule; on the second floor and the third floor there is a concert hall with adjoining ‘wings’ featuring rehearsal halls, administrative rooms, wardrobes and theater set departments.

The vestibule.

It was completed in February 1944, the first performance being held on May 12th, 1945. During these years, over 340 opera and ballet performances have been held here. Today, over 800 people work in the theater and about half of them are performers.

Construction works lasted for about 10 years, from 1931 till 1941. Some say that is was built by Germans but it’s not true. During WWII, a lot of exhibits from museums located in the European part of the USSR were kept here, including the Hermitage, Tretyakov Gallery and Bolshoi Theater.

The total area of the building is 11,837 m², the volume is 294,340 m³. The theatre is often called “Siberian Coliseum” for its size and beauty.

They spent over 33 million dollars on its renovation which ended in 2005. After that, its computerized stage equipment became the most technically advanced in Russia.

The concert hall.

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3 Responses to “Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre”

  1. George Johnson says:

    I wish America would have a few more really nice, state sponsored buildings like this for cultural things. But they’re all too busy watching kim kardishian to worry about anything cultural.

  2. Papa Karlo says:

    It was built in 1931-1941, when nobody counted money in the Soviet Union. The government built palaces everywhere, like this theatre, exactly in the time when TENS OF MILLIONS of people in USSR died from government-planned and executed hunger.
    This theatre is like a tomb monument to those tens of millions of dead Soviet citizens. And it is probably large enough to have room for memorial plaques with names of all of those millions. Never going to happen, unfortunately.

  3. Papa Karlo says:

    From Wikipedia: During the construction, in 1937 NKVD “discovered” a group of “enemies of the people” among the builders. Almost all construction managers who worked on the theatre during beginning stages of the construction, were arrested and later died in prison camps.

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