Mariinsky Theatre's new ballet and opera house


Russia's famous Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg has opened a new ballet and opera house.

The new building sits beside the historic 19th-Century Mariinsky Theatre, the birthplace of ballets such as Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.

However some critics say the new building looks like a shopping complex.

BBC Russian's Alexander Kan reports.

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