Emperor of Russia, Tsar of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. During his reign, cultural life was actively developed.  There are architectural masterpieces: the Admiralty building, the ensemble Of the General staff in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi theater (arch. A. Mikhailov - O. Bove). Russian classical music is being Formed, the first national heroic Russian Opera "Life for the Tsar" about the feat of Ivan Susanin, the Opera was timed to the opening of the Bolshoi theater.


The Mikhailovsky theatre was opened and became one of the privileged Imperial theatres. The building of the theater was built according to the project of Bryullov, and sketches of Karl Rossi. The theatre is named after Prince Michael, the Emperor's brother. In the beginning, the theater did not have its own troupe and a certain repertoire-genre orientation. In the early years of the Imperial Mikhailovsky theatre, concerts were mostly held on its stage.

"Portrait of Emperor Nicholas I"

Artist Franz Kruger

Poster " Life for the king" 1872

The auditorium of the Mikhailovsky theatre 1860

Post card. Saint-Petersburg. The Imperial Mikhailovsky theatre