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Mikhailovsky Theater (Saint Petersburg)

Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre established 1833) is a St. Petersburg's second largest Ballet and Opera stage. It is best Ballet and Opera stage after the world-famous Mariinsky (Kirov). It is very similar to Mariinsky (Kirov):The Hall is also the hall of the Imperial theatre, beautifully decorated. It was renovated in 2010 and now ...   Show more

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In 2001, the Mikhailovsky Theatre got its original name back. Year 2007 witnessed the revival of the Mikhailovsky Theatre; its magnificence came back to Arts Square. Nowadays, the Theatre both keeps traditions and introduces innovations. 

General Director of the Theatre Vladimir Kekhman initiated and sponsored the repair works in the building. Under Vladimir Kekhman a constellation of famous artists appeared in the theatre: Elena Obraztsova became the head of the Mikhailovsky Opera, Farukh Ruzimatov took the lead of the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.In May 2009, Mikhail Messerer, the outstanding ballet repetiteur, took the position of Ballet Mater in Chief. In June 2009, the Mikhailovsky Theatre started its cooperation with Peter Feranec who was later appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Theatre.

On 1 January 2011 the new Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet, the famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato took the lead of the company.Nowadays Farukh Ruzimatov and Elena Obraztsova continue their cooperation with the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Artistic Advisors to General Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre.Famous ballet repetiteurs such as Nikita Dolgushin, Alla Osipenko, Evgeny Popov, and Svetlana Efremova among many others are responsible for the quality of the current repertoire. Leading ballet masters of Europe and America such as Natalia Makarova, Jennifer Goube, Gilbert Mayer, and Cyril Atanasoff hold master classes at the theatre. The priorities of the repertoire policy of the Mikhailovsky Theatre are classical masterpieces of Russian and European musical theatre. The Mikhailovsky Theatre maintains the policy of introducing the public to the major opera and ballet works of the 19th and 20th century. Special attention is paid to expanding children repertoire. 

The first performance on the stage of the Emperor's MikhailovskyTheatre, just built by the architect A.Brullov, took place 8 November 1833.The brilliantly suitable to the architectural ensemble of Michailovskaya square building became the third Emperor stage in Saint Petersburg. But differently from its neighbors - the Mariinsky and Alexandrovsky theatres - this stage did not have its own troupe and definite repertoire and genre tendency. Firstly the theatre building was mainly used as a concert hall. But, to tell the truth, there were opera performances among drama performances and musical comedies performed by the troupe of the Alexandrinsky theatre or coming French and German actors. There were they who noted the necessity of enlarging the sizes of stage and hall. Followed in 1859 rebuilding made the inner shapes of the theatre similar to the requirements for scale opera and ballet performances. until that moment when musical performances were constant at Mikhailovsky stage, it was long time. The French drama troupe and the German competitor. Seldom opera performances at Mikhailovsky stage were organized mainly with the help of the Emperor Russian opera (the Mariinsky theatre). In connection with the repairing of Mariinka in 1894 opera performances became often, the tradition of every Sunday opera performances was set up, but later it disappeared.But The Great October Revolution changed the fortune of the theatre a lot. After the French troupe leaving the Mikhailovsky stage, the problem of forming the own theatre troupe. Under the initiative of A.V.Lunacharsky the theatre was to be the second opera theatre in Petrograd. "Born by revolution"-this title was the characteristics of a new opera troupe for a long time which really became forming in 4 months after the establishment of the Soviet power.