Created in 1941, the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theatre may not be as well-known as the famous Bolshoi Theatre, but it has been staging world class opera and ballet performances for nearly a century. The theatre was formed by the combination of the Stanislavski Opera Theatre, originally founded in 1918, and the Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, which produced both musical comedy shows and opera from the 1920s.
Today, the theatre is based in a building on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street in the heart of Moscow and features one opera and two chamber music halls. The building was built on the site of Count Pyotr Saltykov’s estate and the lobby integrates remains of the estate dating from the mid-1800s.
While showing many classic operas and traditional Russian ballets, the theatre is known for being bold and experimental. It was the first in Russia to perform ballets by Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian and Jorma Elo and hosted the world premiere of Vladimir Kobekin’s Hamlet.
The theatre is located on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, not far from Pushkin Square. It is easily accessible by the Metro, from the Tverskaya, Pushinskaya and Chekhovskaya stops. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online (although the online ticket purchase system was down at the time of writing). Admittance to the theatre begins one hour before performances, which typically start at 6:30 or 7 p.m. No photo or video recording is permitted and no food or drink is allowed.