Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

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    Bolshoi in Moscow cinemas & YouTube

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 2, 2014

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    Good news – now you can watch Bolshoi on scree..
    If you happen to be in Moscow, you can catch the show in several Moscow cinemas - 'Formula Kino' chain, all centrally located:
    Evropa at Kiev railway station square, 2
    Gorisont at Komsomolsky prospekt, 21/10
    City at Presnenskaya quay, 2
    Starting 7 p.m. – a good budget substitution for the grand stalls, the ticket cost just 450 roubles, less that 10 euro!

    But that's not the limit - Bolshoi now has its own YouTube channel - see link
    Last Sunday they presented Marco Spada with David Hallberg. Coming from South Dakota, he is now the big star here, the Bolshoi audience is positively in love with him.

    Shame they do not upgrade their English-language site, it’s the same they had at the opening of the after the reconstruction, it must be pretty difficult to follow the schedule from abroad.

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    Bolshoi theatre interior tour

    by Muscovite Written Mar 29, 2014
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    It’s quite remarkable that our Bolshoi theatre has its birthday right after the International Theatre Day – 238 years ago, to be exact.

    It was not always Bolshoi (Grand), the first theatre house burned before it was put into operation. Then an enterprising Englishman got the contract for construction works and what emerged in 1789 was called The Big Petrovsky Theatre – after Petrovka street on its right-hand side.

    That one burned, too in 1805, to be built anew by the famous Carlo Rossi – you know him if you have been to Petersburg.

    But all those misfortunes can hardly be compared with the great Napoleon fire of 1812, when mostly wooden at that time Moscow burned to the ground, only the Kremlin and a few other buildings spared by the hand of Providence and brave Russian sappers.

    What you can see now is basically Joseph Bové’s 1825 architecture, but even that one managed to catch fire in 1853 and came back to life restored in 1856.

    The latest reconstruction took place in 2005 – 2011. Not everyone is happy with the result.
    You can see for yourself, if you happen to be there on Monday or Friday at 12.30 and have spare 1000 roubles, the tour is in English and lasts 1 hour.
    It pays to learn Russian, though – then you can come on Monday, Wednesday or Friday with just 500 roubles in your pocket.

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    Para el próximo viaje - For the next travel

    by elpariente Written Sep 6, 2012

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    Siempre hay que dejar algo para "el próximo viaje " y nosotros con gran pena tuvimos que dejar la visita del Teatro Bolshoi para la próxima vez, pues estaba en obras de reconstrucción
    Afortunadamente ya está abierto desde el 28 de Noviembre de 2011, así que espero que tengas más suerte que yo
    Nos conformamos con ver la cuadriga de Apolo

    You must leave something for the "next trip" and with great sadness we had to leave the visit to the Bolshoi Theatre for the next time, because it was in reconstruction
    Fortunately it is already open from November 28, 2011, so I hope you have better luck than us.
    Wemust be happy because we could see the chariot of Apollo

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    Historical Bolshoi Theatre

    by fachd Updated Jul 11, 2012

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    Bolshoi Theatre is located at Theatre Square which is very close to the Red Square and the Kremlin. It is historic theatre and well known worldwide. Throughout her careers its home for Russian ballet and opera performances.

    Artist like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff had performed at the theatre. The theatre is designed by Russian architect Joseph Bove.

    The impressive building is huge with eight white Greek columns at the front, near the top you’ll see Apollo in the Chariot of the Sun (Quadriga) and underneath the chariot is a pair of angels carrying the lyre of Apollo, patron of the arts.

    Since 2006 the building was renovated and was reopened in October 2011.

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    The Bolshoi Singers

    by Muscovite Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ekaterina Shcherbachenko, soprano
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    Not all Russian girls are mail-order brides. What you seek is what you get, folks.

    Ekaterina Shcherbachenko is The Singer of the World 2009

    She is Micaela in Temirkanov's Karmen at the Bolshoi, Tatyana in Onegin and Mimi in La Boheme.

    All images – courtesy:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk

    BBC Cardiff Competition Videos:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/cardiffsinger/sites/2009/pages/video.shtml

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Bolshoi was on our itinerary as an evening's entertainment, but we still found ourselves wanting to return during daylight hours to check out the architecture of this world-famous theatre. The current building, replacing several earlier versions from as early as 1780, was designed and erected in 1856.

    The plush, red and gold auditorium can hold up to 2,000 and its ceiling is decorated with panels of Apollo, the Greek god of music, dancing with the nine muses of the arts and sciences. Apollo also features on the theatre's exterior sculpture, Apollo in the Chariot of the Sun, which was added as part of the building's restoration in 1825.

    You can read a bit more about our theatre-going experience under the Nightlife tip.

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    Bolshoi means BIG

    by traveloturc Updated Nov 26, 2010

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    Bolshoi is something that you have to attend if you have enough time in this city.I was the luckiest man of earth when I was informed that the performers of La Scala ( milan) were for one night show in Bolshoi.They performed the famous Romeo Juliet with the collaboration of Moscow philarmonic orchester.I payed a fortune in the black market but it was worthed .
    So try any performance in Bolshoi and welcome to the immortals ...

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    Ballet at "Bolshoi"

    by Ihtiandra Written Jun 30, 2008

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    It is very good, I recommend to see The Bolshoi's Ballet on their own stage at Bolshoi's Theatre. There is a good reason for it, the stage is huge, and you can see the best performance ever: very theatrical mega-dance with great number of ballet dancers involved. People will fly in the air, jump very high and so on. The name of the theatre Boishoi means actually Big. So, it is.
    I have seen some of their performances here, in London, but I can not ever compare it. The London's ones were dissapointments after what I have seen before in Moscow.
    Out of all their performances I would recommend to see the Swan Lake and the Spartak.

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    World center for art

    by apekovic Written Mar 28, 2008
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    Bolshoi Theatre is the part of universal culture and equivalent for the art which symbolize Russia in the world.
    Bolshoi Theatre is the national theatre of Russia, the quintessence of the Russian musical tradition and the international center of the music culture. Its goal is to place the classical heritage into the context of changing cultural demand of the Russian society, and to advance and develop the music theatre in Russia.
    Right now is on reconstructions.

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    Children's Drama Theater

    by el_ruso Written Aug 5, 2007

    Moscow is famous for its theaters, and even has some dedicated specifically to children. This theater is a very popular drama theater for children. It is located in an architecturally remarkable Russian-revival building dating to the beginning of the XX century.

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    Bolshoy (Grand) Theater

    by el_ruso Written Jul 16, 2007

    This is a splendid theater building given to world-renowned ballet and opera companies. It was constructed in late XIX century in the style of other grand theaters of Europe and is crowned with the Apollo's chariot. Its problem is that it was built on the soft bedrock of an ancient river and continuously sinks in and has to be extensively restored. At this time it is again closed for restoration. Close by is the Maly (Lesser) Theater, the main drama theater of the city and a youth theater.

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    The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre

    by kris-t Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia is one of the best musical theaters in the world. The Bolshoi Theater was founded in 1776, by the moment when the First regular troupe was organized by Peter Urussov, an educated theatrical Figure and Moscow public prosecutor, and his partner Mikhail Medoks. The troupe was formed from the actors of an earlier Moscow theatrical company, students of Moscow University, and newly engaged serf actors.
    Originally the theater did not have its oisin building therefore performances were staged in à private house of Mr. Vorontsov at Znamenka Street. But in 1780 the theater moved to à special theatrical stone edifice built on the place of the modern Bolshoi Theatre. According to the name of the street, where the theater was situated, they called it Petrovsky Theatre. The repertoire of this first professional musical theater in Moscow consisted of drama, opera, and ballet performances. But the center of special attention were operas - that is why the Petrovsky Theatre was most often called the Opera House. The troupe of the theater was not divided into opera and drama companies: the same actors appeared in dramatic and opera performances.
    At that time, this exercised influence on formation of the school of opera singers who were required to be equally professional in vocal and dramatic arts.
    The history of the Bolshoi Theater numbers many distinguished singers who were passing traditions îf Russian vocal school and actor s mastery from generation to generation.
    The real golden age of Russian vocal-execution school set in at the beginning of the 20 th century and was connected with coming to the Bolshoi Theater of Leonid Sobinov, Antonina Nezhdanova, Feodor Shaliapin. Creative work of these great actors placed Russian vocal-dramatic art among the best in the world.

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by sue_stone Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    One of the most famous theatres in the world is located in Moscow – the beautiful Bolshoi Theatre.

    It is here that ‘Swan Lake’ was preformed for the first time, and the theatre is these days renowned for its world-class ballet and opera performances.

    Unfortunately when we were in Moscow there was no performances which was quite disappointing – would love to hear from anyone who has been and enjoyed the experience.

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    The Bolshoi

    by Muscovite Written Feb 1, 2006

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    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:
    http://boxoffice.bolshoi.ru/eng/sales.html
    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
    http://www.bolshoi.ru/ru/buy/s_room

    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

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    Ballet or opera?

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    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.

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