Dance, Theater, and Music
World-renowned ballet and opera company; classic and contemporary productions; Tickets from $8. 1/2 Teatralnaya Ploshchad; tel. 7 812 326 41 41. www.mariinsky.ru
Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Opera and Ballet House
Classical repertoire plus innovative productions; popular venue for young talented choreographers, conductors, and singers; also known also as the Opera Studio of the Conservatory. Tickets from $30. 3 Teatralnaya Ploshchad; tel. 7 812 312 2519. www.conservatory.ru
St. Petersburg Capella
Former imperial concert hall; occupies an imposing neoclassical building directly across from the Winter Palace; showcases classical and chamber music from various eras; best known for choral performances. 20 Reki Moiki Naberezhnaya; tel. 7 812 312 7600.
Shostakovich Philharmonia (Grand Hall)
City’s principal classical music auditorium; two resident orchestras; performances from national and international musicians; extensive repertoire of traditional and modern classical music; originally the Noblemens’ Assembly building. Tickets from $30. 2 Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 312 9871. www.philharmonia.spb.ru
Glinka Chamber Philharmonia (Small Hall)
Recently refurbishedand restored to its former splendor; holds mainly chamber concerts of traditional and modern classical music; also musical recitals and poetry evenings. Tickets from $30. 30 Nevsky Prospekt; tel. 7 812 571 83 33. www.philharmonia.spb.ru
St. Petersburg Opera
Relatively young company specializing in chamber operas; internationally acclaimed and innovative productions; housed in restored Baron von Derviz mansion; elaborate baroque interior including grotto and Moorish hall. Tickets from $30. 33 Galernaya Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 312 3982.
Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Top Russian and international jazz musicians Wednesday to Sunday; includes Dixieland and jazz balls; drinks, light snacks, and desserts served during concerts. 27 Zagorodny Prospekt; tel. 7 812 764 8565. www.jazz-hall.spb.ru
City’s only early-evening gay club; four bars, a restaurant, and two stages; popular DJs frequently invited; live music and special events. Tickets from $12 though occasionally free. 1 Lomonosova Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 312 3600. www.centralstation.ru
“After visiting Decadence once, you will definitely go back.”—Maria Anikishina. Decidedly upmarket meeting place for local celebrities; decadent interior with gold-plated ceiling; good food and extensive wine list. 17A Shcherbakov Pereulok; tel. 7 812 947 7070.
Smart Cuba-themed club; live bands and plenty of dance-floor space; Latino, house, and pop music; restaurant and chill-out room; Tickets from $4; Wednesdays free for people of Latino heritage with passports. 21 Moskovsky Prospekt; tel. 7 812 259 1155. www.havanaclub.ru
Former bomb shelter; underground and first floor levels; hosts raves and alternative cutting-edge bands. Tickets from $4. Free from 12-8 p.m. 2A Voronezhskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 764 4355. www.griboedovclub.ru
DJ parties, live concerts, exhibitions, and literary readings; cozy veranda bar with fireplaces; cheap beer and affordable meals. Tickets from $5. Marshal Govorova Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 252 4683. www.placeclub.ru
Stirka (Café Stirka 40ºC)
Innovative bar and launderette combination; sip tea and coffee while washing your clothes; occasional concerts and literary readings; located downtown. 26 Kazanskaya Ulitsa; tel. 7 812 314 53 71. www.40gradusov.ru
Arts Square International Winter Festival
Late December to early January. Under the auspices of the Philharmonia and its Artistic Director Yury Temirkanov the festival has about eleven events, primarily concerts by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; international guest soloists; ballet evenings; receptions and a New Year’s Eve ball in Yusupov Palace. Tel. 7 812 710 4126. www.artsquarewinterfest.ru
International Early Music Festival
Late September to early October. “One of the five leading early music festivals.”—Olesya Zinovenko, author, Where St. Petersburg. With the participation of all the city’s major music institutions and using the palaces of Pavlovsk and Peterhof the event celebrates early European music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Baroque periods; performances by leading orchestras and musicians; tel. 7 812 325 7052. www.kadmusarts.com/festivals/2021.html
International Ballet Festival
March or April annually. Renowned dancers from the Mariinsky Ballet Company, Opera de Paris, and other international companies. Performances in Mariinsky Theater and its new concert hall; tel. 7 812 326 4141. www.mariinsky.ru/en
International Jazz Festival
March or April. A feast of international jazz organized by the JFC Jazz Club; tel. 7 812 272 9850. www.jfc.sp.ru
International Stars of the White Nights Festival
May-July. Organized by the Mariinsky Theater and its artistic director Valery Gergiev; performances and concerts throughout the summer held at the Mariinsky Theater, Conservatoire and Hermitage Theater; major international stars and orchestras; vibrant, inspired atmosphere; tel. 7 812 326 4141.
International Conservatoire Week
September or October. The festival acquaints audiences with the new stars of the conservatories from Russia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.; concerts by young, talented musicians; wide range of music from baroque to jazz, musical premieres, open lectures, and master classes.
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