Traveling to Russia
is an adventure

“VERUM Tourism” successfully works in the international tourist market for more than 22 years as tour operator of business and sightseeing trips to Russia

Site map

Moscow:

+ 7 (499) 973-14-84
973-14-85

Events in Saint Petersburg - February 2017

Exhibition “The Russian Revolution 1917-1922”

1 Feb

Performed in Italian

The performance is the winner of The Golden spotlights, the highest St. Petersburg drama award in the 2005-2006 season as Best Musical Drama Performance. 

«Madama Butterfly» has been on the playbill of the world opera houses for more than a hundred years. Among other outstanding performances of the opera, the one offered by The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera has become one of the most extraordinary versions of the brilliant score by Puccini. The performance is skillfully built and thoroughly designed. Instead of external effects and pseudo-Oriental exoticism, it strikes the audience with its bright passion, personal touch, and psychological depth. «I would never stage «Cio-Cio-San» unless this story touched me so deeply, tearing me apart so painfully. It is like an abscess in my soul that constantly hurts, burns and is felt in every cell of my body. Human pain has no time or historical boundaries, neither does it depend on your nationality or social environment. The English version of Lucretia’s tragic love story, the French Traviata and the Japanese Butterfly are all united for me with this suffering and despair of a Woman. 
Our play is set in the post-war Japan, after the horrific bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I intentionally put the characters into a more cruel time, trying to remove any decorativeness, using minimum scenery or props. The scene is as naked as the people who lived in those impoverished, hungry times. There is nothing that would distract you. Only the humans in their fatal loneliness and all-consuming Pain. I see Pinkerton’s love for Butterfly as something resembling a humanitarian aid from America. The nature of these relations is monstrous. In the end, the moral explosion turns out to be stronger and worse than the nuclear explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki», says Yuri Alexandrov.


979 cover 

Ballet «Swan Lake»

1 Feb

Ballet in four acts music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky 
Swan Lake is a ballet that has become has become a symbol of Russian art itself. The version of the famous ballet cannot be seen anywhere else in Moscow or St. Petersburg: the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s Swan Lake is the legendary ’Old Moscow’ production by Alexander Gorsky and Asaf Messerer. For many years it was considered in Moscow to be the standard production, and now it has been lovingly restored by Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief of the Theatre. 
‘Swan Lake is a special title in the ballet repertory. We were discussing which version to choose for our theatre and turned our attention to the production by Alexander Gorsky and Asaf Messerer. According to ballet historians, the historical London Tour of the Bolshoi Theatre in 1956 could be compared to Diaghilev's Russian Seasons in the mission of establishing the priority of Russian ballet around the world. It was during the 1956 tour that the version of Swan Lake received rave critical reviews. The appearance of Mikhail Messerer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre made it possible to revive the wonderful production here’, General Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Vladimir Kekhman comments. 
‘Our major concern was to avoid repeating the brilliant production by Konstantin Sergeyev, which occupies such an important place in the repertory of our great elder sibling — the Mariinsky Ballet. A hundred years ago, a remarkable choreographer from St. Petersburg (who was then just starting his career as a ballet master) named Alexander Gorsky was transferring the production of Swan Lake by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. And while basing it on the gracious choreography of the original, transformed the ballet and staged it in his own way. The epoch of Alexander Gorsky saw the next phase in the evolution of dance following the balletic classicism of Petipa and Ivanov. Gorsky was influenced by contemporary art; he was attracted by the innovative methods of the stage direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko and the new style of acting it involved. By the way, Nemirovich-Danchenko participated in a production of Swan Lake by Gorsky. 
‘My approach to the production was quite careful, as I adore the version of 1956, but I admit that my contribution, perhaps, modernizes Swan Lake, brings the ballet up-to-date. My alterations in the ballet are minor. They are mostly based on my conversations with Asaf Messerer in 1990. At the time we were talking about possible changes to the production provided he had a chance to stage the ballet Swan Lake once again. In 1956, the sets for the production were designed by the fabulous artist Simon Virsaladze. The same design is being used now: both for the sets and for the costumes. To my mind, the production corresponds to modern society: everybody wants a happy end today, and our Swan Lake will provide it’, Mikhail Messerer says.

 Ballet Swan Lake

Exhibition “The Russian Revolution 1917-1922”

1 Feb - 28 Feb

The exposition is dedicated to the February Revolution and the Great October Revolution in Petrograd, 1917 and the Civil War, 1918-1922.

Also, the attention is paid to the events which took place in the specified period of time in the national regions of Russia. The October coup induced the process of declarations of the national state entities, the most of which counteracted the central power of the Soviets. The Baltics, Ukraine, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia saw complicated political processes associated with armed struggle, in which, in addition to national forces, both the Bolsheviks and representatives of the “revolutionary democracy” and White movement supporters took their part.

The special role in the exposition belongs to the set of the exhibits depicting the Kronstadt insurrection in March of 1921. This revolt forced V.I.Lenin to come to terms with the peasant majority of the country and to announce the New economic policy. 

The Civil war final in 1922, as well as a final part of our exposition, culminates with the appearance of the new state - the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) - on the world map and forced emigration of more than two million of Russia’s residents from their homeland.

2312 cover.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale 

Exposition “Man and Power in Russia in the 19th – 21st Centuries”

1 Feb - 28 Feb

Exposition deals with relations of a man and a government at crucial points of the domestic history 
The sections of the exposition, and reflect the key events of our history: change of political systems and wars, revolutions and reforms, periods of power liberalization and dictatorship strengthening. The exhibits and artistic objects, eyewitness testimonies and “voices of history” show, how actions of those responsible for decision making and ordinary people influenced upon the course of history. 
The exposition area, unusual in terms of its design, allows each visitor to create his/her own picture of the Russian political history, which events are evaluated from different viewpoints. 
The exposition “Man and Power in Russia in the 19th – 21st Centuries” is situated in the central part of the museum on the ground and first floors. The ground floor allows a visitor to see the events and heroes of the domestic history of the 19th – early 20th centuries, whereas the first floor shows the events and heroes of the Soviet and post Soviet era. Final section of the exposition will be located on the second floor, and will show modern political realities.

279 cover.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale 

Exhibition “Soviet Epoch: Between Utopia And Reality”

1 Feb - 28 Feb

The exposition is dedicated to the most actual and disputable time of the Russian history – the Soviet period. 
Over 1,000 exhibits from the collection of our Museum and state and private archives are displayed in six halls. The Museum interpretation of the subject represents the main stages of the Soviet state system formation (from 1917 till 1985) and the most important elements of social and private life of Soviet people. 
The first part of the exposition reveals the mechanism of Stalin’s power in taking full control over all spheres of life in the country. The second part emphasizes the gradual overcoming of Stalin’s heritage by the Soviet society. 
Official doctrines and goals of Stalin’s “building of socialism in one country”, Khrushchev’s “full-scale building of communism” and Brezhnev’s idea of “developed socialism” are compared to real life of people in a huge country for a period of 70 years. Characters of the exposition are the Communist Party leaders and common people, the so-called “udarniki” (that was the name for all foremost communist-way workers) and outstanding scientists, people from NKVD (People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs) and KGB (the Committee for State Security) and GULAG prisoners, dissidents and councilors of the USSR leaders, workers of official culture and representatives of Soviet underground. 

280 cover.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale

Exhibition “Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate” 

1 Feb - 28 Feb

An exhibition "Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate" is designed to provide a full overview of the personal and creative biography of the famous ballerina of the Silver Age who left a significant footprint in Russian art. 
Matilda F. Kshesinskaya is not only a synonym of Russian ballet at the turn of the 20th century, but also was a significant personality in the life of high society and culture of St.Petersburg in the last decades of the Russian Empire. 
Today, she is of interest to us as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon encompassing many significant events in the cultural and political history of Russia. Her affair with the future Emperor Nicholas II, and love and business relationships with the Grand Dukes Sergei Mikhailovich and Andrei Vladimirovich caused a lot of innuendo, spawning the most fantastic rumors and gossip. There are still controversial opinions not only about the personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, but also about the sources of her huge wealth — before 1917, Kshesinskaya was one of the richest women in Russia. 
This is not the first time that the Museum of Political History of Russia pays attention to Matilda Kshesinskaya. What is distinguishing about the new exhibition is that it aims to show her personal and creative life as much as possible freed from myths and secrets, and uses a large number of new archive sources, including those being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition reveals different dimensions of the multi-faceted personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, showing her as an outstanding ballerina, socialite, mother, wife, lady and businesswoman.

281 cover.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale

Exhibition «What wonderful shoes!»

1 Feb - 28 Feb

Collection of figure skates at the Gatchina Palace, at the exhibition hall of the Central building, 1st floor 
The royal family spent time in Gatchina residence not only in summer, but also in winter, especially often it was during the reign of Emperor Alexander III, who chose Gatchina as a place of permanent residence. Ice skating was one of the favorite amusements of the royal family: a vast expanse of water at the Gatchina park with the coming of cold weather turned into excellent skating rinks! At the exhibition visitors will get acquainted with the history of ice skates origin, will learn about their existence at various times in different countries. The visitors also will learn how popular was this kind of winter fun in the Russian Empire and in the royal family. At the exhibition hall on the first floor of the central building will be presented 15 pairs of skates of the early XX century from the collection of Gatchina Palace. 
Exposition will be supplemented by the information stands with the stories about the earliest skates, found during the archaeological excavations, about materials and methods of skate manufacturing, along with the history of this winter fun in Russia.

2125 cover.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale 

Mathilde: The Movie Costumes

1 Feb - 28 Feb

The Catherine Palace of the Tsarskoye Selo hosts a stunning exhibition showcasing about seventy clothing items specially made for “Mathilde” 

“Mathilde” is a historical blockbuster about the Russian imperial court and the ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. Shot at Tsarskoye Selo and other palaces and estates of St Petersburg, the movie is directed by Aleksey Uchitel and will be released in March 2017. 

The highlights of our exhibition “Mathilde: The Movie Costumes” are the magnificent items made for the coronation scene of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna, which has never been filmed before. 

The famous staterooms of the palace demonstrate the following costumes from the movie: 
– coronation attire of the emperor and coronation dresses of the empresses 
– vestments of orthodox higher clergy 
– ceremonial uniforms of chamberlains and chief chamberlains, equerries and jägermeisters 
– coronation court clothes 
– maid-of-honour dresses 
– ball and visiting dresses 
– military uniforms 
– clothes of imperial court clerks and waiters 
– women’s clothing accessories

244F8062.jpg.840x525 q95 crop upscale

'The Master and Margarita' Musical

16 Feb - 19 Feb 

One of the most famous and controversial novels in the 20th century comes to life as a musical 
"The Master and Margarita" is a grand Russian project that brings together the best creative resources of the country. Musical gets the audience through the labyrinth of human passions and open the hidden meanings of the great novel. Forget about the world outside of our history! Become a part of it! This will help you: 3D scenery, aroma effects, drama, draws the viewer into the stage space and a great game actors: Anastasia Makeeva, Ivan Ozhogin, Anna Kovalchuk, Anton Avdeev, Nikolai Timokhin and others. 
6 composers, librettists 6, 66 actors and scenery, 666 costumes from the greatest art director Laszlo Kentauer, the author of the artistic concept of the world-famous musical "Dance of the Vampires ", "The phantom of the Opera" and "Oliver" - an incredible scale! "The Master and Margarita" - a mystical story that besets human minds more than a decade, the show, beating sales records in St. Petersburg. 
Photo and video shooting are welcome! 

The Master and Margarita Musical 

The Nutcracker balet

17 Feb  - 18 Feb

The most ‘Christmassy’ of all classical ballets 
Nacho Duato has given ballet lovers a new production of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The most ‘Christmassy’ of all classical ballets, The Nutcracker has become a symbol of magical transformation and the constant renewal of life. It tells the tale of time’s passing and how a carefree childhood comes to be replaced by the bright sorrow of youth and the dreams of unattainable harmony. Renowned French stage designer Jérôme Kaplan will also work on the choreography. The scenery and costumes are completely in keeping with classical tradition, but are also full of subtle humour.

The Nutcracker balet

The Sleeping Beauty ballet

19 Feb

The famous ballet by P. Tchaikovsky's 
In this wonderful fairy tale has it all - beauty Princess Aurora, her patroness - good fairies. And, of course, ugly evil sorceress who tries various tricks get used to the light girl. She almost manages to fulfill his evil plans - Aurora beauty sleep a perpetual sleep in a coffin. But good triumphs - gentle kiss the prince back to life an enchanted princess, a wicked witch die of rage. This wonderful tale is even more romantic on the ballet stage. 

The Sleeping Beauty ballet 

Eugene Onegin opera

19 Feb

Lyric opera in seven episodes to the music of Tchaikovsky, based on the novel in poems of Alexander Pushkin, producted by Yuri Alexandrov 
“I will never give this opera to the State Theatre Administration before it is performed in the conservatory. I do not need a big scene with its routine and convention, with its incompetent directors and meaningless, though sumptuous, staging ... For “Onegin” I merely need...singers who will play simply, but well...“ From a letter of Pyotr Tchaikovsky 
The performance by Yuri Alexandrov gives the audience a new look at the familiar plot of the most popular Russian opera. The characters are moved into the atmosphere of Chekhov's time, becoming those intellectual “summer residents” of the late 19th century. Filled with lots of unusual director’s ideas, the action fascinates the audience with its “not opera-like” dynamism. Gradually, scene after scene, the original intention of the director becomes clear: everything that happens is formed by the imagination of the dreamy Tatyana, whose creative mind bizarrely connects the past, the present and the future. The textbook love story interpreted by Yuri Alexandrov regains its pristine freshness.

Eugene Onegin opera

La Bohème, the opera

21 Feb

There are few productions in the world of opera that could compete with this lyrical drama 
It is not pretentious, convoluted or emotional — here, the art of opera and the real world collide. It was not by chance that Puccini turned to the only book by Murger that survived its author: The composer knew the protagonists very well: at times, during his studies at the Milan Conservatory, he too had to go without food, just like them. Later, at the time of success and financial independence, he was a centre of the crowd of artists, painters and writers, nicknamed on his initiative ‘The Bohemian Club.’ 
The composer conceived the idea of the opera in 1893. The opera was created to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica (1853-1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa(1847-1906), yet it was Puccini who shaped the plan and sketched the characters of the protagonists, who differ from those in the original. Puccini was absorbed by the opera and started composing it in 1894, when the libretto wasn’t ready yet. 
Puccini wrote his opera La bohème contemporaneously with Leoncavallo’s own treatment of the same story. The rivalry ended in a quarrel. By the end of 1985 Puccini’s La bohème was ready and received its première on 1 February 1896 in Turin.

La Bohème the opera 

Ballet «Don Quixote»

22 Feb

Ballet in three acts and a prologue music by Ludwig Minkus 
Don Quixote is one of the most life-affirming, colorful and festive ballets. It’s interesting that despite its name, this brilliant piece is not a stage version of the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes, but an original choreographic work by Marius Petipa vaguely based on Don Quixote. 
In 1869, the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre gave a première of the comic play staged by Marius Petipa to Minkus’s music, telling a story of the failed wedding of a young beauty and a rich nobleman, because of the true love of the heroine to a poor guy. In 1871, Petipa created a new version of the ballet for the première at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1900, a new production of Don Quixote was staged by Alexander Gorsky. Gorsky kept the scenario plan and, partly, Petipa’s choreography. Gorsky organized the crowd scenes in a new way to avoid “any symmetry”. Borrowing from the principles of theatrical aesthetics of the Moscow Art Theatre, Gorsky did much for the “revival” of academic ballet. 
In 1902, the Gorsky’s production was shown at the Mariinsky Theatre. The stars of the imperial stage, as Mathilde Kschessinska (Kitri), Nicholas Legat (Basilio), Enrico Cecchetti (Sancho Panza) contributed to the success of this remarkable performance. The production became the classical one.

Ballet Don Quixote

LA TRAVIATA Opera 

22 Feb

The performance is the winner of the highest theatrical award of St. Petersburg, Golden spotlightsin the 2004-2005 season as the best opera performance 
At first, the audience was unable to accept the opera which was set in the 19th century Paris, the present day for the listeners, and with a courtesan as the main character. Soon, however, the opera became part of the repertoire of many European theatres. 
What makes the intention of the authors close to Yuri Alexandrov’s performance is the appeal to the modern times. The Petersburg Chamber Opera tells the story of today’s “fallen” woman, who has no other way to survive in this world than to sell herself. Explaining his approach, the director says: “I expose the situation to the limit, rather than trying to hide it behind the sparkling crystal and gold. Because you can sell yourself at posh parties as well as in the streets. Her dream is the only thing that helps Violetta to survive and not to hit the rock bottom. She dreams of a charming prince who would come to take her away from all this dirt. We tried to recreate the beauty of her imaginary world. But Violetta’s dream is unable to confront reality: the seemingly prosperous world that is so beckoning and unattainable for her, is caught up in prostitution of human relationships. Trying to touch this world becomes a nightmare phantasmagoria to her.”

LA TRAVIATA Opera

DIE FLEDERMAUS

24 Feb

This performance has been awarded with Gold spotlights, the highest drama award of St. Petersburg in 2012-2013 season as the Best operetta Performance. It has been directed by Yuri Alexandrov. 
It is not only Vienna, but also its people, all these party-goers, that transform in anticipation of the carnival night at Prince Orlovskyi’s mansion. In order to stay alone with Rosalinde, Alfred, who is in love with her, gives her maid a ticket to masquerade. But for Adele, who dreams of becoming an actress, it is the only chance to prove that she was born for the drama scene. Eisenstein, who faces a prison term for a bad shot while hunting, manages to delay the punishment, so he goes to the party, too. His wife, gentle Rosalinde, realizing that her husband is cheating on her, transforms into a passionate lady and also appears at the masquerade. Charming the loving Alfred as well as all Vienna men, she makes her own husband fall in love
with her.

DIE FLEDERMAUS

Iolanta, the opera

25 Feb

One of the most lyrical and poetic works by P.I. Tchaikovsky 
The libretto created by Modest Tchaikovsky was based on the play by the Danish poet and playwright H. Hertz King René’s Daughter. 
Iolanta, blind from birth daughter of the King of Provence, is not aware of her misfortune, but the young knight, whom she falls in love with, reveals the awful truth to her. Iolanta’s desire to see the world is intensified by the threat of the king to execute the knight, if the physician’s attempt to restore her eyesight fails. The character of Iolanta stands out for its lyrical beauty even among the other female characters created by the composer, reminding us of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. 
The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the few theaters that offer the wonder opera to its audience.

Iolanta the opera

Ballet «La Fille mal gardée»

26 Feb

Ballet in three acts music by Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold 
This extraordinary ballet centres around the captivating character of Lise and her dreams of reuniting with her one true love, in spite of her mother’s best efforts to marry her off to theirrich, albeit dim-witted neighbour.La fille mal gardée is a buoyant and scintillating ballet with has long captivated audiences with its charm. The Mikhailovsky Theatre’s production features Frederick Ashton’s choreography, regarded as a classic example of British ballet.

 Ballet La Fille mal gardée

“Cheery Maslenitsa!” street festivities

26 Feb

“Cheery Maslenitsa!” is a fun festivity at the Kirov Central Park of Culture and Leisure 
“Cheery Maslenitsa!” is a fun festivity on Elagin Island, where everyone can find entertainment to their liking: to get acquainted 
with traditional crafts, participate in competitions and traditional folk entertainments, listen to funny couplets and stories, and eat hot pancakes with fragrant tea from samovars. The lively and eventful program will be held in several venues of the park, creating an atmosphere of general merriment and joy. The holiday will end with the burning of the scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

Cheery Maslenitsa street festivities

“Masenitsa” City holiday

26 Feb

St. Petersburg invites its visitors and residents to celebrate Maslenitsa on the territory of Peter and Paul Fortress 
The festival program includes such events as performances of folk ensembles, folk rites, fun contests, workshops, attractions and more. The holiday is not complete without the traditional pancakes. The little residents of St. Petersburg will be able to take self-made souvenirs with them.

Masenitsa City holiday

Romeo & Julliet ballet

27 Feb

Ballet in two acts 
“There is no sadder story in the world than the story of Romeo and Juliet” … W. Shakespeare

Romeo  Julliet ballet

Der fliegende Holländer

28 Feb

Opera in three acts 
Performed in Deutsch (with Russian surtitles). 

Der fliegende Holländer