“In the Footsteps of Odessa’s Famous Musicians and Writers” walking tour

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Odessa. A true jewel of Russian Empire in the 19th century, its Southern Capital. The city that stood in one rank with Paris and Vienna. The city that had the Opera Theater built just 15 years after its founding. The city that inspired Pushkin to write two chapters of Eugene Onegin, Gogol to work on the second volume of Dead Souls and Bunin to create Cursed Days.

Odessa gave birth to the most prominent musicians- Richter, Oistrakh and Gelels. Pyotr Stolyarsky created here the first of its kind musical boarding school for talented children, which have birth to many brilliant musicians of the 20th century.

Over the two centuries, Odessa attracted the greatest names in music and arts: Ferenc Liszt gave six concerts here; Caruso, Chaliapin and Sobinov sang in the Opera Theater; Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov stood there behind the conductor’s desk; Sara Bernard and Eleonora Duzes performed in the Russian Theater.

Start your exploration of Odessa with a walking tour through the picturesque, cobble-stoned streets of Odessa’s old city center, following in the footsteps of the famous musicians and writers who lived and worked here: Emil Gilels and Svyatoslav Richter, Pyotr Stolyarsky, Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Bunin and Anton Chekhov. Many of these bohemian types knew each other, were students and teachers, as well as friends. These relationships gave rise to numerous anecdotes that further enhance the stories that lie behind the facades of historic landmarks.
Optional: Proceed the walking tour with an exclusive private tour of the Opera House and get an insider view on its splendid interiors.

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