Ballet performance in the Hermitage Theatre
The Hermitage Theatre (inside the Hermitage Museum) was built in 1787 as an exclusive private theatre of Catherine the Great and came to be viewed as a rare monument to Catherine's personal tastes and affections. The semicircular auditorium decorated with color marble has only 250 seats, originally meant for aristocratic guests of the Empress.
Mathilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova, and Fyodor Chaliapin were among the great artists who performed at the Hermitage Theatre for the last Russian Tsar. It was not until 1991 that performances were resumed on this stage, with the likes of Svyatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yelena Obraztsova appearing as guest stars.
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