|The massive Mariinski Theater in St Petersburg|
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"California! American!" (This was before Putin's recent anti-American propaganda campaign.) She tapped on her computer a bit. And then, "For You. Ticket to Swan Lake tonight. You can go?"
"Da!!" In her outstretched hand, there it was. A golden ticket.
Now, there are basically three classic Russian ballets to pick from.
1) The Sleeping Beauty, composed by the rockstar himself Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1890,
2) The Nutcracker, also by Tchaikovsky in 1892, and of course
3) Swan Lake, by (take a guess?) ... Tchaichovsky in 1895.
So getting a ticket to one of the Big 3 is quite nice. And unless you hate music itself, getting a chance to listen to a god like Tchaikovsky performed live is always a treat. But to hear his music in Russia?! Now that is like giving a dog a whole bag of Beggin' Strips. I couldn't wait.
|The glorius Mariinski interior. Foto by Albert Knutsson|
|Tchaikovsky realizing he forgot to record the new episode of "Game of Russian Thrones"|
|Leaving the golden Mariinski after the show|