Gala Eve at Yusupov Palace?
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This sounds like the same evening we took through Radisson. It included musical entertainment and opera highlights.
The material we received said "although this is a gala evening, dress comfortably." Some ladies were dressed in formal wear and some men wore coats and ties. You can suit yourself, so to speak, but the issue is how you feel about buildings with no air conditioning and no air circulation. If you have warm days it can become quite stuffy. Even when we were there, some ladies complained about halfway through the evening and I found the theatre where the opera took place quite warm as it was very full.
You will definitely want to eat before and/or after. We did receive the champagne and the canapes but neither were all that appealing. Most people didn't finish the champagne (slightly warm and flat as a result of being poured in advance for several hundred people) nor did they take a second canape (caviar of dubious quality).
We paid $134 pp which I thought in advance was rather pricey. However, there were a large number of performers during the evening: costumed greeters, string quartet, balalika band and opera singers (impressive enough to have cd's to sell afterwards), so there was some significant expense involved in putting on the evening.
If you like or don't mind opera and aren't going to visit Yusopov on any other excursion, then the evening is worth doing. When it was over we felt like it was fun, although expensive.
Our only other evening option through the ship was the ballet which I wasn't interested in. You can also arrange private evening tours with RO and Denrus, but I didn't explore the options.
By all means do something in the evening and cater it your interests: nightclubs, ballet or nightime canal cruise.
Btw, the opera consists of very skilled soloists in tux or gown singing selections from several operas. No staging or costumes; just want to make sure I haven't misled you into thinking you'll see an actual opera.