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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.
Among the world premieres given at the Mariinsky was Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' in 1874. The premiere established traditions that have influenced subsequent productions including historically accurate sets and costumes, and histrionic singing by Boris, which often degenerates into shouting.
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