St. Petersburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Musorgsky of the Order of Lenin — the Mikhailovsky Theater is the Opera and Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg, one of the most important musical theaters in Russia.
The Imperial Mikhailovsky Theater was opened in 1833 by the order of Emperor Nicholas I and was among the privileged imperial theaters. The theater gave performances by French and German troupes and eminent guests.
Here, the king of waltzes Johann Strauss completed his 30-year St. Petersburg seasons with the operetta "Gypsy Baron". The great Fyodor Chaliapin sang and performed on the theater stage.
The theater owes its name to the Grand Knyaz Mikhail, the youngest son of Paul I: the Mikhailovsky Palace, located on Arts Square, served as his residence.
The theater was built by the project of A. P. Bryullov with the participation of A. M. Gornostaev. The architect managed to place the facade into the square ensemble organically.
In 1859, as a result of the reconstruction by the project of A. Kavos, the stage was extended and the auditorium was enlarged by one tier, the interiors of the theater were supplemented with picturesque shades, rich with stucco molding and caryatids, which adorn the portal above the foreground.
The creative energy and talent of the new generation of theater leaders provide performances with the attention of the most demanding audience.
The ballet troupe, which is led by the outstanding Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, has a completely unique face: the purity of the academic tradition is combined with the actual plastics and the breath of novelty. In the operatic repertoire, time-tested classics are enriched with rarely performed or almost forgotten names. Each premiere becomes an event and gets fame that goes far beyond the borders of Russia.
The building complex is located in the center of St. Petersburg, in a historic building on Arts Square (former Mikhailovskaya).