Opera and Ballet Theater

Since its grand opening on May 12, 1945 with Glinka’s Ivan Susanin opera, the theater has been home to one of the best music and theater companies in the country, as evident by their many international and all-Russian awards and an extensive map of road tours. The building of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater is known as the Siberian Coliseum, the region’s symbol and pride. It was recognized as an architectural monument of federal importance in 1974, and is protected by the state.

Ticket office opening hours: every day 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., no dinner-hour
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Construction of this constructivist building began in the 1930s. Its final design by Birkenberg and Gokhman was awarded the Gold Medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.

During the Second World War the unfinished theater building housed the evacuated collections from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery and other museums. In 1942 at the height of the war, the government allotted money to finish the construction of the theater, which later became the venue for the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra led by Mravinsky.

The theater building stands out not only for its dimensions, which outsizes the Bolshoi Theater. The design of the 35-meter dome that is 60 meters in diameter was absolutely unique for that time. It was the first dome ceiling in Europe that didn’t have any counterforts and trusses. The original ceiling of the auditorium is made of cardboard, which serves as an acoustic shield.