The opening of the Concert Hall has proved yet another historic date in Russian theatre history
It is the only theatre and concert venue of its kind in Russia, designed according to the very latest developments in construction and purpose-built to host concert programmes. With regard to technology and acoustics the new hall ranks alongside the world’s finest concert venues, such as the concert halls in Lucerne, Sapporo and Birmingham, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and the Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In the new hall, the stage can be transformed for the desired effect according to the programme for the evening. The controls for the individual blocks of the stage plane-table mean that the positions of orchestral groups can be varied, or an orchestra pit created. The hall can also be used for stage performances of operas and ballets.
In spring 2009, reconstruction began of a complex of buildings affiliated to the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, and following reconstruction these will house a restaurant, a café, a music shop and rehearsal studios.