Enjoyed the ballet and the Russian Museum. Also took the windshield tour hoping to visit St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Our Savior and the Spilled Blood. Unfortunately, we chose to take the tour on a Wednesday when both are closed. Others who took the excursion on Thursday said that although both were open the ticket lines were so long there was no way to buy a ticket (not included in VR City Tour) and see the churches before the bus moved on to the next stop.
Swan Lake in the Alexandrinski theatre was like a dream experince. The theatre was quite magnificent and had a huge auditorium and stage befitting Swan lake (Guess the Hermitage theatre is much smaller) The young ballet company was very talented and the whole experience was magical. Spoilt by the insensitive audience who defied all instructions not to photograph with flash and even videoed the performance on mobile devices. Theatre heathens!! Don't let them put you off, this was an experience of a lifetime.
Fabulous evening performance. This was billed as being exclusive to our group but there were many other cruise lines and the public who attended. The champagne intermission was nice yet again overcrowded due to the other cruise line passengers being in the same side rooms.
Great production, happy ending....fun costumes. Knew the music of Swan Lake but didn't know the folktale behind the story---the prince who falls in love with a bewitched dancer in the guise of a swan. Misha made the folk tale entertaining by treating it in a comic way....It was also interesting to me that the ballet can be done with a variety of endings, depending on who the ballet director is. IE it does NOT always have a happy ending. Made me think of the American Film, Black Swan, about a tortured ballet dancer whose mother ruins her life while she is striving to be a good dancer.
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