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The world's best classical music venues
It's hard to imagine a time when music by Russian masters Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky didn't exist, but the lucky audience members at the Mariinsky Theatre were treated to the world premieres of some of classical music's finest works. Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' was first performed there in 1874, and the revised version of Prokofiev's ballet, 'Romeo and Juliet', was first seen in 1940.