Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre

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Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre

Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre
December 14, 1938 the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre opened its doors for the audience. During the first two years of work it presented 13 premiers and welcomed about half a million spectators. The opera and ballet scene saw rapid development. The talented artists came to the theatre, a repertoire was enlarged, and cooperation with the prominent musical theatre figures began. Today the theatre plays a significant role in Russian culture. The theatre team consists of opera and ballet companies, a symphony orchestra, a chorus and a children’s studio. The People’s and Honored Artists of Russia and the Republic of Bashkortostan, laureates of international and All-Russian competitions and prizes work in the theatre. The repertoire includes masterpieces of foreign, Russian, Bashkir, and contemporary music.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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51 reviews
Very good

Moscow, Russia12 198 contributions
Ballet in Nureev’s home town
Feb 2019 • Solo
If you are into ballet, you certainly know that Rudolph Nureev was raised in Ufa, the capital of Bashkir Republic. And if you are into travel, two hours by plane won’t stop you from watching an outstanding performance. So, when I learnt completely by chance that one of my favourite Bolshoi dancers is touring Ufa, I immediately booked the flights, the hotel, et voilà!
Booking the theatre tickets was the easiest part, and a very pleasant one – budget rates indeed compared with Moscow, just 2 500 Rub for the 4th row in the stalls, that’s where the best view is!
(By the way, another International star is heading there in April :) Look up the theatre’s site and my photos to choose the best seats; I climbed all the way from the orchestra stalls to the upper gallery and took pictures from different angles to show what one can see from various positions)
I had the greatest luck with the Holiday Inn located right behind the theatre; it’s quite a relief, when you have to find your way after the show, when it’s already dark in the street.
Last but not least – the Gostiny Dvor shopping centre has several flower shops, and a decent bunch of flowers will make you poorer just by 1000 Rub!
All equipped, I headed to the theatre. They usually open their doors an hour in advance, but with the flight turmoil I was there with just half an hour’s time buffer. After showing my ticket -I booked it online and printed, not sure you can use your smartphone here – I was directed to the cloak-room down the stairs. Note, it’s a fairly old building, grounded 1909, no elevator – anyway, I haven’t seen any.
The cloak-room looks a bit like the one in a school in the suburbs, but the attendants are very friendly, no one hurried me up. Another note – everyone arrives dressed up, and decent spectators always have theatre shoes with them. The mirrors can be found next to the central cloak-room – but it’s always crowded there. There are more in the bathroom, to the right of the stairs, crowded too.
Back to the foyer – and be ready with your cameras, it’s really spectacular! They must be very proud of these magnificent chandeliers!
Two floors up, and you are in the Nureev museum. Nothing grand, sort of in a family way – stage costumes, photos, an oil painted portrait, a number of posters. And a memorial plate: to Rudolph Nureev from the people of Bashkiria. Heart-rending.
The same floor, unless I got mixed up – the theatre café. Sort of modest, but popular among the audience, better reserve a table in advance – those are sitting tables, the others are standing. But quite a few, no rush. The pastries were OK, though nothing special. But I positively hated their coffee! To be exact, not theirs, but Nescafe’s :(. Good news – the café accepts cards.
Back to the theatre house now. I rather liked it – small, 700 seats or so, but comfortable and festive at the same time. During the interval I tried the balcony and the upper gallery – it’s fairly OK, if no one lays their head on the railings to block the view. Note the side seats – only 1 row, and it faces the stage, just like they have it in the new Mariinsky theatre.
And now to ‘raison d'être’:
the house is always full when ‘Spartacus’ is on stage, the audience is absolutely in raptures about this production, anywhere in this country , and beyond, too – Brits and Aussies have a chance to see it this summer.
And the Bolshoi’s principal dancer Mikhail Loboukhin is the best for the title part this whole decade, in the opinion of a vast number of people, and mine, too – see the photos.
Written 26 February 2019
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Orlando, FL7 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Excellent ballet and operated theater. It conserves the old architecture, yet a great place to catch an opera and ballet play. Great views from every seat because of the size, but very comfortable.
Written 26 October 2016
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Zakynthos, Greece28 contributions
Lovely intimate theatre, good performances at low prices
Jun 2016 • Business
Lovely little friendly theatre in the centre of Ufa. family friendly and unpretentious. Lots of children present for 6 pm Saturday performance as well as courting couples. I saw Sleeping Beauty a very good performance.
A bit like stepping back in time - I loved it
Written 19 June 2016
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Rome, Italy36 contributions
Worth visiting
Nov 2011 • Business
We watched Rigoletto in Italian, reasonable price, pleasant ambient.
Written 24 November 2011
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