The Bolshoi Theater
If the art world has a list of top places to visit, the Bolshoi Theater would be one of the top destinations. The Bolshoi Theater is nearly 200 years old.
The main building of the theatre, is a landmark of Moscow and Russia. It’s held in such importance that its iconic neoclassical facade is depicted on the Russian 100-ruble banknote. Some of the earliest paintings of the building show its surroundings still relatively empty. Now, the building stand in the middle of Moscow metropolis.
The Bolshoi Ballet and Opera
Beyond the classic architecture, the Bolshoi theater is home to the Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera. These are the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world. The Bolshoi Ballet is currently the biggest ballet dance company in the world with over 200 dancers. The Theater is also the parent company of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the world’s leading ballet schools.
Meanwhile, the opera company specializes in the classics of Russian opera such as Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, as well as the operas of Tchaikovsky. Most foreign operas are sung in Russian. Nowadays, the Bolshoi Opera performs in the play’s original language. The Bolshoi Opera also integrates the ballet into its productions.
Home of the Classics
Though not as old as some of Moscow’s grand buildings, the Bolshoi Theater has been the stage for art history. It’s hosted the premieres of the most important pieces of opera and ballet still revered today.
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff are just some of the creators that launched their works within the Bolshoi. They created the Swan Lake here! While the Bolshoi companies travels the world in culturally prestigious tours, they do their best work back home in the Bolshoi Theater.
Invitation to the Theater
On your trip you have this extraordinary chance to watch a performance in the legendary Bolshoi Theater. With preparation, this opportunity can be the experience of a lifetime. To the art lovers out there, don’t miss out on this chance. The Bolshoi awaits you.
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