Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

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The theater combines classical traditions with bold creativity and innovative experiments

Mikhailovsky Theatre is the famous musical theater, the Pearl of St. Petersburg. The theater combines classical traditions with bold creativity and innovative experiments. It was opened in 1833 after the descree of Emperor Nicholas I and named after Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich - younger son of Emperor Pavel I.  It's situated in a historical building (Mikhailovsky Palace) on ploschad'  Iskusstv in St. Petersburg. This palace was Grand Duke's residense and the theater became a chamber stage receiving high-ranking guests of the Imperial family and close friends. The building of the theater was erected by A. Brullov.

After 1917, the theater becomes a kind of "laboratory of creation of Soviet Opera". On its stage The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitry Shostakovich, and innovative The Queen of Spades by Vsevolod Meyerhold were represented for the first time. After the war, the theatre continued its cooperation with contemporary composers. For the first time ever there was represented the War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev.

 

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