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On May 2, Russia’s preeminent Mariinsky Theatre will celebrate the grand opening of a new, 851,575 square foot addition on a neighboring site, just west of the company’s original 1860 theatre and 2006 concert hall, in the heart St. Petersburg. Designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects, Mariinsky II will be one of the largest theatre and concert venues in the world, providing a 2000-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art production facilities, and naturally lit rehearsal rooms, along with a rooftop amphitheatre and terrace.  The seven story structure compliments the surrounding 19th century context with a facade clad in beige Jura limestone, while its interior creates a timeless atmosphere with rear-lit onyx stone walls and marble floors surrounding the wood-lined auditorium.  Find more information on the grand opening events here.  View more View full description
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