Moscow hosts more than 200 theatres and concert halls. This section presents major opera and ballet theatres, as well as some selected venues for classical music concerts.
Ticket prices range from RUR 100 to RUR 15,000 and even up to RUR 100,000 when special guests are performing.
Some theatres are closed from late July through September.
See theatres and concert halls websites for playbills and ticket prices.
Like the Kremlin, Red Square and Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoi is a main reason to visit Moscow, especially for classical music addicts. The theatre’s opera and ballet companies as well as its orchestra have won global recognition, though its spectacular interior may distract viewers’ attention from performances. Most music critics recommend seeing Swan Lake ballet in Bolshoi. To hear the voices of the world-renowned singers, do not miss Carmen or other opera.
When booking tickets, mind that besides the historical stage hall Bolshoi has the new one, which may seem less sumptuous than the old one. (Look up our Must See page for information on the historical stage hall tours.)
Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) or Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)
The Kremlin Ballet
The Kremlin Ballet company usually performs in the State Kremlin Palace – Russia’s largest stage hall. The company inherited the traditions of Bolshoi and Marriinsky theatres. Swan Lake and Don Quixote are believed to be their highlights.
The palace is located on the Kremlin grounds where strict security measures apply.
Metro Alexandrovsky Sad (line 4, light blue, Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (line 1, red) or Borovitskaya (line 9, grey.)
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre
Perhaps, Moscow’s Bolshoi unjustly overshadows this opera and ballet theatre, some musical critics say. Stanislavsky is certainly less pompous while its actors are not as famous as Bolshoi company members are. However, the theatre’s playbill is very similar to that of Bolshoi (and somewhat more extensive,) while the tickets are materially cheaper.
Mero Tverskaya (line 2, green,) or Pushkinskaya (line 7, purple) or Chekhovskaya (line 9, grey.)
The theatre is known for its innovative approach combined with accurate care of composers’ ideas and concepts, according to some melomaniacs. The theatre’s playlist includes both classical and new operas. The theatre has two stage halls recently renovated to incorporate the state-of-the-art acoustic technologies.
Metro Arbatskaya (line 3, navy blue or line 4, light blue.)
Natalya Sats Musical Theatre
Natalya Sats, a prominent theatre producer and playwright, established the world’s first professional opera and ballet theatre for children. Now the theatre playlist includes over 30 performances for kids of different ages, mostly based on Russian and internationally known fairy tales.
Metro Universitet (line 1, red.)
Moscow Philharmonic Society
The Society has 11 stage halls, which host various classical music events. Most concerts are also accessible online, or you may download them from the Society’s archive.
For playlists, tickets, subscriptions and directions to the halls see the Society’s website.
The Conservatory also has several venues, including the Grand Hall with an organ dating to the 19th century. The Conservatory’s stage halls host numerous classical music events, including most prestigious international festivals.
For playlists, tickets, subscriptions and directions to the halls see the Conservatory’s website.
Moscow International House of Music
The House of Music was built in 2002 to decrease the melomaniacs’ load on the Philharmonic’s and the Conservatory’s halls. It was conceived as a venue for all musical disciplines and hosts ballet performances as well as concerts played by top jazz bands and folklore orchestras and choirs.
Metro Taganskaya (line 5, brown or line 7, purple,) or Marksistskaya line 8, yellow)