The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol'shoy teatr, literally "Big Theater", IPA: [bɐlʲˈʂoj tʲɪˈatər]) is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, originally designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds ballet and opera performances. Before the October Revolution it was a part of the Imperial Theatres of the Russian Empire along with Maly Theatre (Small Theatre) in Moscow and a few theatres in Saint Petersburg (Hermitage Theatre, Bolshoi (Kamenny) Theatre, later Mariinsky Theatre and others).Plan my Moscow trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are among the oldest and best known ballet and opera companies in the world. It is by far the world's biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers. The theatre is the parent company of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a leading school of ballet. It has a branch at the Bolshoi Theater School in Joinville, Brazil.
The main building of the theatre, rebuilt and renovated several times during its history, is a landmark of Moscow and Russia (its iconic neoclassical façade is depicted on the Russian 100-ruble banknote). On 28 October 2011, the Bolshoi re-opened after an extensive six-year renovation. The official cost of the renovation is 21 billion rubles ($688 million). However, other Russian authorities and other people connected to it claimed much more public money was spent. The renovation included restoring acoustics to the original quality (which had been lost during the Soviet Era), as well as restoring the original Imperial decor of the Bolshoi.
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This is a must-do for a Russia visit. Book well in advance. We caught the inaugural show of that particular play. The atmosphere is electric with a boisterous audience showering the cast with...
This is a must-do for a Russia visit. Book well in advance. We caught the inaugural show of that particular play. The atmosphere is electric with a boisterous audience showering the cast with... more »
The Bolshoi Theater is located in the heart of Magical Moscow! The building is beautiful, the decoration is spectacular. It's a must experience. The performers are the best in the world, and they...
The Bolshoi Theater is located in the heart of Magical Moscow! The building is beautiful, the decoration is spectacular. It's a must experience. The performers are the best in the world, and they... more »
First visit to Bolshoi Theatre must be always memorable. Fantastic interior just like a palace. Great actors, great voices, great performance. Outstanding orchestra. Bravo!!!
It’s the biggest theatre in moscow. It almost looks like a museum. The place can be easily located. The inside is ginormous. The building from outside looks huge.
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