Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater is the most important theatre in Novosibirsk and Siberia. It was completed in February, 1944, the first performance being held on May 12th, 1945. It is the largest theater in Russia (larger than the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow!). Located in downtown Novosibirsk, on Lenin Square, it is the symbol of the city. After its renovation in 2005, its computerized stage equipment became the most technically advanced in Russia.
The theater's building can be divided into several parts: its ticket offices and vestibule, theater hall, lobby, administrative rooms, rehearsal halls, wardrobes, storage rooms, etc.
The total area of the building is 11,837 m2, the volume is 294,340 m3.
The theater's grand hall seats 1,774 spectators while before the reconstruction it seated 2,000.
This ceiling is some sort of an acoustic screen made of pressed cardboard. The hall is believed to be one of the most difficult to perform at (the singer has to "shake" 35.5 tons of air).
They installed 16 sculptures between the columns of the grand hall. Those are copies of well-known antique Greek sculptures.
This crystal chandelier boasts 472 lamps. It's 6 m in diameter and has a weight of 2 tons!
They clean the chandelier once every six months. They have to vacuum it by hand. Each lamp has to be cleaned separately. When they put the chandelier on the floor, it occupies half the space of the hall.