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The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol'shoy teatr, IPA: [bɐlʲˈʂoj tʲɪˈat(ə)r], lit. 'Big Theater') 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 an incredible, historic theatre. I highly recommend getting the guided tour. The building is gorgeous. It was cool to see some ballet dancers practicing in the practice theatre above the...
This is an incredible, historic theatre. I highly recommend getting the guided tour. The building is gorgeous. It was cool to see some ballet dancers practicing in the practice theatre above the... more »
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 »
First visit to Bolshoi Theatre must be always memorable. Fantastic interior just like a palace. Great actors, great voices, great performance. Outstanding orchestra. Bravo!!!
Unforgettable experience. Must see in Moscow. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day. The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages
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