St. Petersburg is the soul of Russia’s culture and beauty. Peter the Great and other Russian emperors were obsessed with turning Russia from a barbaric mystery into a classy European power, and harnessed St. Petersburg as the brainchild of this movement. The world’s finest theaters were the result of this drive for civility and lured artistic talents from every corner of the world.
Today St. Petersburg is the world’s capital for ballet, opera, and theater. Every serious performer dreams of working in the city’s array of gorgeous theaters due to its resilient history, rich appreciation for the art, and booming tourism. Thanks to the 4.5 million local inhabitants and 10 million tourists who visit St. Petersburg each year, the demand for the best performances is staggering. Theater has become to St. Petersburg what baseball is to New York — a cultural institution. (Source).