Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

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The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol'shoy Teatr, Big Theatre, 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).

The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are amongst the oldest and most renowned 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 world-famous 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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  • We bought 2 tickets for a ballet performance in June 2020 on the balletandopera website. The ballet was cancelled because of Covid-19 in March 2020 and we have not received a refund despite several.....  more »
  • Do NOT miss it! Especially the old theater. Of course, if you get to see The nutcracker or Swan Lake, you are quite fortunate. However, whatever you can get your hands on, Bolshoi is a MUST.  more »
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  • One of the best theaters not only in Russia, but worldwide. Best representations of classic ballets and opera at the highest performance level, a true delight. Magnificent and one of a kind atmosphere, everything is in perfect condition, a real embodiment of what a classical theater should be. Enormous heritage carried by the building itself and the people in it, carefully preserved and represented in ever changing exhibitions. A must go for every true Moscowite and tourist preferably (it is costly, but worth every penny).
  • Awesome theatre (for Opera) - was sitting at the main floor, and it was wonderful. It's magnificence can not be stressed and you have to go see it and enjoy the historical importance of it and feel and enjoy the vibe. Find a Opera and get in and feel the Theatre.

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