It was the Sugar Plum Fairy connection we were looking for – and Tchaikovsky's Nutracker just happened to have one. The famous Nutcracker Ballet was not easy to compose – Tchaikovsky was in the middle of a writer's block. To make matters worse, he was obliged to take a voyage to America, in April and May of 1891. The reason for his visit was to celebrate the OPENING OF CARNEGIE HALL. After his return to Russia, The Nutcracker was finally completed and was first performed at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, December 1892.