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Architecture for Music: Mariinsky Theatre

This is the Sunday Series, a peek of things in the art music world.

Music has a close bound with architecture for quite some time. Concert halls and opera houses are also the ones which effects the music and also effected by music. These structures are devoted to music, from within them we witness the grow of musical arts.

This series presents the beauty of the structure, in which music creativity flows abundantly.


Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre or once called Kirov Theatre is one of the most preeminent buildings in the world of operas because this building houses one of the most important opera and ballet company with rich history, Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Company or Kirov Opera and Ballet Company.


Located in St. Petersburg – Russia, this very hall also witnessed the premier of masterpieces by great Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov among others. It was inaugurated in 1860.


This theatre has undergone several name changes from time to time. This name changes were done especially because of the change in Russia’s political status.

From To Russian English
1860 1920 Императорский Мариинский театр Imperial Mariinsky Theatre
1920 1935 (Ленинградский) Государственный академический театр оперы и балета (Leningrad) State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1935 1992 Государственный академический театр оперы и балета имени С.М. Кирова Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1992 Present Государственный aкадемический Мариинский театр State Academic Mariinsky Theatre

~from wiki


The company has made operations and established links with many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra Bastille, La Scala, La Fenice, the Tel Aviv Opera, the Washington National Opera and the San Francisco Opera. Today, the Opera Company regularly tours to most of these cities.


Presently, the Company lists on its roster 22 sopranos (of which Anna Netrebko may be the best known); 13 mezzo-sopranos (with Olga Borodina familiar to US and European audiences); 23 tenors; eight baritones; and 14 basses. With Gergiev in charge overall, there is a Head of Stage Administration, a Stage Director, Stage Managers and Assistants, along with 14 accompanists.

In 2006, Mariinsky Theatre opens its new concert hall, named Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, for the home of its orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. This Hall was built in 2003 after fire burnt down workshops used for storing sets and costumes which was located in the area before.


It is the only top-class theatre and concert venue in Russia, built in accordance with the latest achievements in construction and intended from the start for concert programmes. In terms of technology and acoustics, the work of Yasuhisa Toyota, the new hall ranks alongside the world´s finest concert venues, such as the concert halls in Lucerne, Sapporo and Birmingham, Leipzig´s Gewandhaus and the Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In the new hall, the stage can be transformed for the desired effect depending on the programme for the evening.


About mikebm (1339 Articles)
An arts journalist, a conductor, an educator, a young arts manager whose passion drove him to leave a multinational IT cooperation to study Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in London and went back to Indonesia to build the scene there.

4 Comments on Architecture for Music: Mariinsky Theatre

  1. mike…met taon baru yah! maju terus pantang mundur mike 😀

  2. Hi,
    I’m author of the first interior image you used. I don’t have problems with sites using my material, as long as they give proper credit. Not refering to the original photo is problematic for me, specially since anyone can download it from here and not even know about the licence the photo may have. I’d like to ask you to change the link to here:
    Мариинский театр :: Mariinsky Theatre :: Saint Petersburg
    and put a link on the photo.
    Best regards,


  3. thank you patrick for your picture, i have changed the link to your flickr page… thank you, since yours is the only one i found which shows the facade of the building.

  4. Просто отлично! Действительно любопытно написано. 🙂

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