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Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow: 45 reviews and 53 photos

  Bolshoi Theatre
by TheWanderingCamel

Bolshoi means big or great -and both the theatre and the companies that operate from it, both ballet and opera, are just that. The auditorium is huge, with tier upon tier of balcony seating all decorated in sumptuous red and gilt. Lit up and full of an audience waiting with anticipation for the curtain to go up, it is an exciting and glamourous place indeed.

Sadly, this is an experience that visitors and Russians alike will have to forgo for the next few years. The theatre closed its doors in June this year (2005) for major restoration work that it is anticipated will take at least 3 years. We were fortunate enough to be there for the final performance before the theatre went dark - a suitably dark and dramatic performance of Mussorgsky's opera "Khovanshchina" - a tale of conflict between religious factions and the secular state.

Performances will continue in the smaller, new theatre adjacent.

Address: Teatralnaya ploshchad
Phone: 095/292-0050
Website: http://www.bolshoi.ru/

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  • Updated Jul 18, 2005
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