Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

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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 Theatre

    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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    Bolshoi Theater

    by TXgal Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    The theater was so beautiful, it really feels like you step back in time being in there.

    Bring your rubles! The bar in the theater doesn't take credit cards, it's actually just a table in the corner.

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    Bolshoi Theater

    by eranda Written Jun 1, 2005

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    Bolshoi Theater is one of the fantastic Creations which was build in Russian Architectures in 18th Centaury, this Theater has experienced a turbulent and dramatic history. The precursor of today's the stage was Prince P.V. Urussov's Public Opera and Ballet Theater, specially made by Catherine the Great in 18th Century and monetarily backed by the Englishman Michael Maddox.

    Unfortunately it was faired in early 19th Century. When fire gutted the building, leaving it further than revamp and Maddox totally impecunious. possession of the theater was then transferred to the government and Moscow obtained its first regal Theater.

    A trip to see one of the Bolshoi Theater's world-class opera or ballet presentations is an supreme for your Next Russian visit

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    Bolshoi Theater newer, more pragmatic landscaping

    by Upstate1NY Updated May 30, 2005

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    Bolshoi Theater is having some of it's visual appeal deminished by the rush of change and the crush of making space available for current needs.
    My recolections of it when I saw it in 1992 was that it was set in well manicured stately lawns with gardens and assess drives, now it sets in the middle of a parking lot, the lawns, gardens and stately drives giving way to the need for space to park cars!

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    Bolshoi theater...and is really big

    by russian_yaz Written Apr 6, 2005

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    Bolshoi theater at night

    Bolshoi in russian means big. And this theater is really big, not only in dimensions but also because of the greatness of the artist that have performed here. Its the house of the famous russian ballet, with a great quantity of prestigious figures that grew up inside the walls of this theater.

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    Bolshoy Theater

    by sswagner Updated Jan 4, 2005
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    Fans of the arts will enjoy the experience that this place has to offer. It is no secret that Russia has an immense background in literature, music, and theatrical arts, especially the ballet. We stopped by just long enough to get a look at the building. It is certainly a grand structure.

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by MrBill Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    all dressed up

    It was a cold, blistery December evening outside. It was warm and inviting inside. We watched one of Anton Checkov's operas. It was not one of my favorites, and I was soon struggling to stay awake, given the cold, fresh air during the walk to the Boshoi from the Hotel Baltchuk. It took us about 30-minutes, not more. Whatever the weather, it is always best to get out on foot and really see the city. By car it is too easy to drive by somewhere which looks interesting, but it is too much hassle to stop, find a parking place, and get out. Of course, in Moscow in winter, this means dressing for the weather, even if you are dressed for the theatre underneath. Get out and enjoy.

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    Bolshoi theatre

    by Sioma Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Bolshoi theatre

    "Bolshoi" means "big"...and it's really big.
    in this theatre are performed the world best exibitions of ballet and classic dance...it seems it's not very easy and cheap to find a ticket, but if you like ballet you can't miss it

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by Ujamaflip Written Sep 25, 2004

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    The Bolshoi Theatre orignally appeared in 1825, constructed by Osip Bove. However, the company itself began in 1773 as a dancing school for the Moscow Orphanage. The Theatre was restored in 1918, and for most of the last 30 years was led by Yuri Grigorovich.

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated May 27, 2004

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    Moscow Bolshoi

    Magnificent building from 1854 with an enormous group of statues on top.

    It was raining and getting dark so we didn't stay there for a long time .

    We couldn't enter because there was a show that night

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by ratherton Written Feb 15, 2004

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    Before the show

    The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow has been putting on shows and ballets since 1776 and is still a popular and splendid venue for classical entertainment.

    Originally, I had always thought the theatre only hosted the Bolshoi Ballet but it also hosts operas. Check the website for an up-to-date running list. The website also offers on-line booking with an excellent display of the theatre so you know exactly where you will be sitting. Tickets can be collected from the theatre and are very reasonably priced.

    The tickets state that cameras are not allowed in the theatre but it is fine to take them along as long as you don't try to take pictures of the show.

    I think it's fair to say I am not the most cultured person on VT but it is definitely worth getting dressed up and taking your partner along to a show here.

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  • The joy of ballet

    by pepino1 Written Jan 20, 2004

    Bolshoy means big, so this is a big theatre. Built in 1824, the theatre was the second biggest theatre in the world after Milan’s "La Scala". Besides, it is one of the best opera theatres in the world. It is hard or expensive to buy a ticket, but if you manage to do this, you will not regret it.

    You might not be a ballet lover, but I promise you after you have seen Spartacus or others you will regret it not having been there earlier – it is just wonderful.

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    Bolshoi Theatre

    by don_kam Written Jan 11, 2004
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    This can be considered as Russia's state theatre.

    There has been a theatre here since the late 18th century and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

    Initially overshadowed by St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi didn't really hit the high notes until the 1950s, when foreign tours won great acclaim for its ballet and opera companies.

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    World-class ballet

    by hslowe Updated Dec 23, 2003
    World famous ballet at the Bolshoi

    Everyone wants to go to the Bolshoi, and I was no exception.

    Getting seats was a little difficult since I did not speak Russian, but every kiosk sells tickets, so you should be able to get at least something the day of your show.

    There are actually two Bolshoi stages--the old theater pictured here, and the new stage to its left. The stages alternate their content--one is showing opera while the other shows ballet. I was a bit disappointed to have to go to the new stage on the night I wanted to see ballet, but I was pleased to find that it was lovely and elegant in its own right.

    My ticket (to a minor Shostakovich ballet) cost about $35. Champagne and sandwiches at intermission were expensive and small portioned. Don't go hungry.

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