"The Bolshoi" Bolshoi Theatre Tip by Muscovite

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow: 45 reviews and 53 photos

Unless you go for a ballet, the tickets will not break you budget, but the buffet surely will. A sandwich, a pastry and a cup of tea may cost just as much as a ticket to the upper circle, and more!
To book the tickets with your card via Internet:
Don't forget to bring the receipt and identification papers when you pick up the tickets at the box-office.

You may know that the Bolshoi is now closed for reconstruction or renovation - or annihilation ? at least until 2008. They use
? the former Palace of Congresses, now the State Kremlin Palace, seats 6 000, no orchestra pit, no acoustics
? the new Bolshoi, next to the old one, outwards a real monster, but the house is fairly small, the seats are comfortable and you can hear the arias pretty well unless there is someone talking to a mobile phone around

Cloak-room ladies are always friendly and take not only cloaks, but hats, too, and even bags the size of a cabin trolley. The dress code is jeans and sweaters these days.

I went for Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of Mzensk' and the music, frankly, did not impress me much ?? but then I am a staunch traditionalist. Tatiana Smirnova was Lady Macbeth, her singing was first a bit hollow, but then improved a lot. Looks like having poisoned her father-in-law and strangled her husband has done a lot of good to her voice. In the second act she made a real tragic figure. The said in-law and the priest, basses both of them, were clear and resonant, but the tenors, the husband and the lover, sounded as if they had a bad cold. The stage-director was invited from Georgia and had well earned his pay. On the whole it was better than I thought it would be, but not as good

About how they feel about it all in the Bolshoi see:
1) Sunday Express January 29, 2006
2) The Guardian November 30, 2005
3) The Times August 12, 2005
4) Financial Times April 1, 2005

Address: Teatral'naya Ploschad', metro: Teatral'naya
Directions: The Theatre Square with the old Bolshoi and the new graveyard-looking fountain in front of you, the Maly drama theatre to the right, the new Bolshoi ? the style matching the fountain - will be to your left. http://www.bolshoi.ru/ru/buy/what_go/
Phone: 095/292-0050
Website: http://www.bolshoi.ru/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 1, 2006
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