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 theater 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, also known as Glinka Theatre. It is named after Michael Glinka, a Russian composer famed as the father of classical music and known for his distinctive style.
With Russian theater it is often as much about the glamour of the actual building as it is about the show. The theater itself is one of the city's landmarks. The yellow and white external facade 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 theater. The internal decoration and paintings are beautiful. Above the main stage, an inscription reminds you that the theater was completed in 1954.
A Global Success
The professional theater troupe not only put on fantastic performances at their home theater but has also traveled Russia extensively as well as many other countries worldwide. It is a great testament to their success and skill. The theater has a capacity of 1,200 people, 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. 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.