This oldest Moscow theatre was built in 1825 to refuge the troupe of a burnt opera theatre in Arbat street. The world famous operas of Russian composers started there. Anton Rubinshtein, Pyotr Chaykovsky, Serghey Rakhmaninov conducted at the premieres of their operas there. Fyodor Shaliapin, Antonina Nezhdanova, Ivan Kozlovsky, Serghey Lemeshev song on its stage. Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya danced. Nowadays the theatre suffers bad times: it's famous not for its repertoire novelties, but for squabbles and scandalous dismissals. But the building is still the most theatre building in the world. In the theatre the Beethoven Hall opens this season for the public.