Rest assured that ballet performances at the Imperial Hermitage theatre of the State Hermitage are important events in the theatrical life of St. Petersburg.
The stage of this theatre is distinguished by a special beauty, graceful decorations, and a unique historical tie to the Imperial past of the Hermitage that hosted performances attended by Catherine the Great. Today the best artists of St. Petersburg and all of Russia perform here. The performances are known for their adherence to the past traditions of the Golden Age of Russian ballet. Each traditional ballet is truly beautiful and the theater resonates with live music of the great composers performed by a fine symphonic orchestra. These presentations boast the participation of masters of the highest order and are treasures of ballet art. They resonate with the music of great composers and the high level of acting and sincere welcome that greets every patron make every visit to the theater a special event. Audiences see brilliant artists and react accordingly. It is important to note that the revival of the Hermitage Theater makes it possible to step back in time to see a performance just like the ones seen by the crowned heads of state during the days of Imperial Russia. It is all the more remarkable that these ballets are again being performed along the historic Neva Embankment as in previous days. Theater goers have the privilege of stepping back into a time once thought to have been lost forever. We cordially invite anyone truly interested in world class ballet to attend a performance in our historic jewel of a theater.
The repertoire of ballet performances consist of "Giselle", "Swan lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Nutcracker" and our world famous Gala-concerts. Gala Concerts are celebrations of scene of the most famous and traditional ballets such as "Sleeping beauty", "Giselle", "Swan Lake", "Raymonda", "La Sylphide", "Esmeralda", "Corsair", "Don Quixote", "Spartak", "Markitanka", "the Bahchisaray Fountain", "Carmen", "Sheherazade", "Legend of Love", and the celebrated center piece of Russian ballet, "The Dying Swan".