The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

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 Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater 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 Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The total area of the building is 11,837 m2, the volume is 294,340 m3.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The theater’s grand hall seats 1,774 spectators while before the reconstruction it seated 2,000.

The Largest Theater In Russia

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).

The Largest Theater In Russia

They installed 16 sculptures between the columns of the grand hall. Those are copies of well-known antique Greek sculptures.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

This crystal chandelier boasts 472 lamps. It’s 6 m in diameter and has a weight of 2 tons!

The Largest Theater In Russia

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.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The theater is equipped with a 32-ton fire-prevention curtain. It take them just 30 seconds to separate the stage from the auditorium.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The foyer on the second floor.

The Largest Theater In Russia

One of its staircases.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

There is a coatroom in the foyer on the main floor. At least six coatroom attendants serve peope coming to enjoy a performance.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The teather’s small concert hall seats 460 persons. It is also intended for performances for children.

The Largest Theater In Russia

A sound technician.

The Largest Theater In Russia

Musicians carry out their rehearsals in this room located on the fourth floor.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The principal construction of the theatre’s building is its big dome, 60 m wide and 35 m high. The dome is a unique construction that supports itself without girders or columns. The ratio of its thickness (an average of 8 cm) to its radius is less than that of a chicken egg.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The dome is covered with millions of silvery scales.

The Largest Theater In Russia

Inside the dome.

The Largest Theater In Russia

In the center of this room you can see ropes holding the chandelier.

The Largest Theater In Russia

In the pump room.

The Largest Theater In Russia

Its basement. In 2005, they dismantled the rails used to deliver coal into the theater’s furnace room.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The orchestra pit’s area is 150 m2 which makes it the largest in Europe.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

Preparing for Carmen.

The Largest Theater In Russia

About 800 people have to work to stage a play.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

Altitude: 29 m.

The Largest Theater In Russia

With this panel, they control lighting and setting.

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

The Largest Theater In Russia

All kinds of illuminators.

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