M. DZHALIL TATAR ACADEMIC OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE
The building of the M.Dzhalil theatre is an architectural monument protected by the government. The theatre was opened in 1939 and since then it is the center of musical culture of the Republic. In 1956 it was named after the outstanding Tatar poet Musa Dzhalil. In 1988 the theatre was given the rank of an academic one. The building of the theatre attracts attention thanks to its irreproachable harmony of the classical forms (architects N.Skvortsov and I.Gainutdinov) supplemented with elements of Tatar national ornamental patterns. The pediments are crowned with figures of muses; in the niches of the side elevations are located monuments to ingenious poets Alexander Pushkin and Gabdulla Tukay.
The repertoire of the theatre mainly consists of masterpieces of the world music and eminent works of Tatar classics, such as: "Boris Godunov", "The Queen of Spades", "Prince Igor", "Traviata", "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Don Quixote", "Altinchech", "Shurale". The main events of each season are international festivals – Fedor Shalyapin Opera Festival and Rudolf Nuriev Classic Ballet Festival. The best performers of Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe come to take part in these festivals. Yearly tours over Europe bring the opera company of the theatre invariable success.
Liberty Square, 1, phone: 38 45 58, 38 46 08
G.KAMAL TATAR STATE ACADEMIC THEATRE
The beautiful building of the theatre, situated on the shore of the Lake Kaban, reminds of a white sail and can be seen from afar. The official birthday of the theatre is on December, 22, 1906. On this day in Kazan took place the first public performance in Tatar. In 1939 the theatre received the name of Galiaskar Kamall – an outstanding playwright, who was one of the initiators of the Tatar theatre.
The theatre repertory includes both world classics and plays by Tatar playwrights.
Tatarstan St., 1, phone: 93 0б 38, 93 08 83
V.I.KACHALOV KAZAN ACADEMIC RUSSIAN GREAT DRAMA THEATRE
One of the oldest and the most famous theatres of Russia is located in the building, constructed in 1914 in the Eclectic style. Founded in 1791, it became the first theatre of Kazan. In 1948 it was named after V.I.Kachalov.