TICKETS SPECIAL: BUYING TICKETS FOR ST. PETERSBURG'S MARIINSKY AND MUSSORGSKY THEATERS
YOU CAN NOW BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE!
While on a visit to St. Petersburg you are very likely to go to one of the city's famous ballet theaters. Unless you work or study in Russia, your ticket will cost more than a ticket of any Russian admirer of ballet. Both leading ballet theaters of the city - Mariinsky and Mussorgsky - now sell only full-price tickets to foreign visitors, while reserving discounted tickets for local theatergoers.
There are several reasons for such practice. Firstly, both theaters have to keep tickets reasonably expensive in order to survive: to stage new performances, pay good salaries to dancers and singers and restore historic buildings. Secondly, most, if not all, Russians can't buy such expensive tickets and the federal government can't cover the bill. An finally, the locals already subcidize the theaters through their taxes and expect some favorable treatment in return.
Despite this "injustice", you won't be charged more than you will pay in your home country. And any ballet performance at Russia's leading theater (such as Mariinsky, led by maestro Valery Gergiev) will be worth every cent or penny. You might consider that a donation to the theater if you wish.
Anyway, if you buy your tickets at the box-office, just make sure you ask for full-fare (foreigners') ticket. If you work or study in Russia, bring some ID with you to prove that - you will be entitled to a cheaper discounted ticket.
If you buy your ticket somewhere in town, you will have to buy an add-on ticket at the box-office upon you arrival at the theater. Of course, if your tickets are being bought by a travel agency or a major hotel, everything should be right.
All problems can be avoided in one smart move: you can buy your tickets online - here
So, enjoy you Russian ballet experience and don't buy 10 dollar tickets to Mariinsky's Tzar Box - you will pay several times as much in order to get in...
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