In 1783, in the deserted area of the St. Petersburg highest command of the Empress Catherine the Great was erected Big Stone Theater. He was to become the first Russian musical theater destined. After a fire in 1811 the theater was rebuilt several times, before in 1836 through the efforts of the architect Albert Cavos has found its final oblik.V XIX century, dramatic performances were here; lush balls, masquerades, carnival alternated. Almost every day in Stone Theatre gave Russian and Italian operas and ballets. His performances are often attended by the imperial family. The auditorium literally hit the luxury interior: three tiers of boxes, chairs, balcony, ground floor, the amphitheater and paradise. This is where the premieres of operas by Glinka “Life for the Tsar” (1836) and “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (1842), which began with the glorious history of Russian opera. And in 1847 he made his debut on the stage by Marius Petipa, to connect his life with the Russian ballet by as much as half a century and has remained in the history of the great Russian choreographer. Since 1843 the Imperial Theatre subscribe to the Italian Opera Company, and his voice sounded scenes Giovanni Rubini, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Adelina Patti, Giuditta Grisi. It turned activity of famous choreographers Ivan Valberha and Charles Didlo. There were dancing Marie Taglioni, Jules Perrot and Fanny Elssler. And it came here to tour the great Enrico Caruso. After another devastating fire in 1890, Emperor Alexander III commanded to rebuild the Grand Theatre. Its reconstruction was completed in 1896 by architect Vladimir Nicolas. Putting the theater became part of the new building of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In the years 1912-14 a theater was again rebuilt by architect Traugot Bardta: in this form it existed until the last renovation in 1963. At the theater conservatory began his career Elena Obraztsova and Irina Bogachev, Yuri Marusin, Yevgeny Nesterenko, Vladimir Atlantean Sergei Leiferkus, Konstantin Pluzhnikov, Olga Borodina, Daniel Shtoda, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Akimov, Irina Mataeva, Yevgeny Nikitin. For his conductor’s podium debut, Alexander Melik-Pashayev, Evgeny Mravinsky, Odysseus Dimitriadi Nikolai Rabinovich, Ilya Musin, Yuri Simonov, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladislav Chernushenko, Valery Gergiev & hellip; It worked outstanding choreographers and directors, among them – Giorgi Aleksidze, Boris Eifman, Nikita Dolgushin Roman Tikhomirov, Emil Pasynkov & hellip; And it is – only part of the famous names that are the pride of national musical culture.