Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Самарский академический театр оперы и балета)

The Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre was opened in 1931 and started by making classical opera and ballet performances.

The Theatre got its own building located in the central square of Samara city in 1935 – a massive and impressive one which is a bright example of the Soviet architecture of 1930-s.

Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater at night in the Kuibysh

The State Bolshoi Theater was evacuated from Moscow to Kuibyshev (the name of the Samara city from 1935 till 1991) in 1941. The stage of the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre had been the venue for the greatest masters of opera and ballet art for 2 years.

The performance of the Seventh (“Leningrad”) symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich was the pinnacle of the musical life of Samara in the 20th century and a truly historic event. The significant piece of music, reflecting tragic events of wartime, conveying the splendor of Soviet soldiers` deed, was finished by the composer in December 1941 after his evacuation to Samara and performed by the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Samuel Samosud on March 5, 1942.

During the post-war years apart from classical pieces of music rarely performed works by Russian and European composers have been shown at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The following performances are being staged at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in the season of 2018-2019:


  • Grandpas from ballet “Paquita.” L. Minkus
  • Anyuta. V. Gavrilin
  • La Bayadere. L. Minkus
  • Giselle. A. Adam
  • Le Corsaire. A. Adam
  • Swan Lake. P. Tchaikovsky
  • Romeo and Juliet. S. Prokofiev
  • Sleeping Beauty. P. Tchaikovsky
  • Cipollino. K. Khachaturian
  • Les Sylphides. F. Chopin
  • The Nutcracker. P. Tchaikovsky
  • La Esmeralda. C. Pugni


  • Aida. G Verdi
  • La Bohème. G. Puccini
  • Boris Godunov. M. Musorgsky
  • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. I. Pilukshin
  • The Magic Flute. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Gianni Schicchi. G. Puccini
  • Eugene Onegin. P. Tchaikovsky
  • Carmen. Georges Bizet
  • Prince Igor. A. Borodin
  • Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. D. Shostakovich
  • Madama Butterfly. G. Puccini
  • The Bear. S. Cortez
  • The Queen of Spades. P. Tchaikovsky
  • The Barber of Seville. G. Rossini
  • The Tale of Tsar Saltan. N. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Snowmaiden. N. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • La Traviata. G Verdi
  • Tosca. G. Puccini
  • The Tsar’s Bride. N. Rimsky-Korsakov


  • The Bat. J. Strauss
  • Sylva. E. Kálmán
  • Grande Operetta
  • Taram-param, ni-na, ni-na, or the housing shortage has soured them. Music by D. Shostakovich

Concert programs

Open hours and price


See schedule at the official website in the Russian language

Ticket office:

Daily from 10 to 19

Ticket price 200-4,200 rubles

How to get to the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

1, Kuibyshev Square, Samara

In Russian – Самара, площадь Куйбышева, 1


Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre website in the Russian and English language

We recommend visiting nearby

The Museum of the Art Nouveau – 650 m walking.


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