Once, about 10 years ago, talented conductor Evgeny Kolobov revolted against the theatrical routine in Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre that grew hateful to him and made up his mind to organize his own opera theatre. No sooner said than done. Moreover, he took away with him the most talented and promising part of the troupe. For some years the theatre had to huddle in some sinister cinema not far from Taganka. The cinema hall threatened to crumble away every time the audience began to applause. Later on Kolobov's offsprings got a new luxurious place in the "Hermitage" garden. It is a perfect place for opera stagings.
Time passed and the New Opera lost its charm of novelty a bit and acquired some traditions that Kolobov was so afraid of. Still the traditions do not prevent the troupe from staging perfect operas.
Last season The Imperial Russian ballet of Gedeminas Taranda found its shelter here that leaves no chance to the New Opera competitors.
The building itself of the New Opera is a real masterpiece of national architucture of last years. Only be careful on the marble stairs! After the reconstruction of 1993-1998 "Hermitage" garden got its original form of a landscape ensembly typical for Russia of XIX-XX. Winter gardens, shady paths with arbours, a fountain, cosy restaurants, summer stage. Different festivals and exhibitions are held in the garden as well.
Tickets - 70-700 rbl.