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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Entertainment

1. Ballet

Towards the end of the 17th century, Peter the Great invited foreign ballet instructors to teach in Russia. Since then, the art form has flourished in the country, which has produced stars like Anna Pavlova and Nureyev.

2. Opera

The first opera was performed in Russia in 1731, while the first was written in Russian in 1755. The 19th century produced opera greats such as Mikhail Glinka and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

3. Theatre

Russian speakers as well as theatre enthusiasts will find the performances a rewarding experience. Russia is the home of Stanislavsky (who pioneered the method acting approach) and playwrights such ...

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