Mariinsky theatre of opera and ballet opened in 1860 and became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres.
The Russian State Pushkin Academy Drama Theater is the oldest Russian national theater. This theater is the progenitor of all Russian theaters and the date of its foundation is the birthday of the Russian professional theater.
Mikhailovsky Theatre is the famous musical theater, the Pearl of St. Petersburg. The theater combines classical traditions with bold creativity and innovative experiments.
Hermitage Theatre is one of the oldest in St. Petersburg and in Russia. It was built by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi commissioned by Catherine II in 1783-1789 on the site of the former Winter Palace of Peter I.