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The Mariinsky is one of the world's most famous theatres for opera and ballet, now expanded to include a second stage and concert hall. Discover its extraordinary history through this gallery of stunning images.
Prokofiev began his opera in 1940 but World War II halted its production. The first performance did not occur until 3 November 1946 (pictured). Commentators have noted the opera's lack of political or social comment, except perhaps for a scene involving drunken monks.
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