State Ballet of Russia

The Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ekaterinburg is one of the oldest theatres in Russia. In 90 years of its existence the theatre has had many names but the most important thing has been preserved all this time; it's high creative reputation, music culture and acknowledgement and love of the city dwellers.

The history of the theatre represents the history of transformation into the biggest theatre of Russia that has federal importance and is said to be on the same level as the Bolshoi and Mariinski Theatres. Approximately 160 operas and 80 ballets have appeared on the playbill of the Ekaterinburg Theatre. Often the stamp "the right of the first stage version belongs to the theatre" could be seen on the playbills of the ballet.

The history of the theatre contains a lot of beautiful pages; a lot of brilliant people have taken part in the development of it. Audiences of 20 countries and more than a hundred cities in the former USSR have been fascinated by the art of the theatre.

Nowadays the theatre presents varied repertoires that include approximately 40 operas and ballets. It means daily sold out shows, 270 performances a season and 250,000 spectators annually. The theatre today a great troupe of soloists opera and ballet where the experience of the masters joins the youth and talent of young dancers among which quite a few laureates of various contests can be found. The theatre today has a fabulous orchestra, wonderful choir, and professional corps de ballet. The theatre today is the preservation of the best traditions of the past, and the desire to daily enthral, fascinate and amaze the audience.

The first ballet production by The State Ballet of Russia was called "The Magic Flute" and took place in 1914. Since that premiere the ballet troupe of the theatre has become one of the best in the country. The State Ballet of Russia's repertoire is rich in the names of the Russian and West European classics: "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", "Corsair", "Giselle", "La Sylphide", "Don Quixote" "Romeo & Juliet".
The modern productions by The State Ballet of Russia have been brought into life by the most famous choreographers of Russia: U. Grigorovich, N. Boyarchikov, N. Kasatkina and V. Vasiliev, A. Dementiev and others. The ballet troupe of the theatre of 90 people consists of the graduates of the biggest choreographic schools of Russia, and it's constantly widening. Most of the soloists hold honourable ranks and awards and many of them are the laureates of various choreographic contests.

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