Opera and Ballet Theatre after P.I.Tchaikovsky
The Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre after P.I. Tchaikovsky is one of the oldest theatres in Russia. It was founded on November 24, 1870. The first performance staged in the theatre was the opera by a well-known Russian composer M.I. Glinka "A life for the Tsar". The present building of the theatre was constructed in 1874-1879 after the project of the architect R.O. Karvovsky. During the Great Patriotic War the Leningrad (former name of Saint Petersburg) Opera and Ballet Theatre, evacuated to Perm, was performing in the theatre. In 1965 the theatre was given the name of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky which was not by chance: the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre is the only theatre in Russia that has staged all the works of this outstanding Russian composer.