Bolshoi Theatre

Moscow, Russia

The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera. The theatre's original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, while the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886), was called the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.

At that time, all Russian theatres were imperial property. Moscow and St. Petersburg each had only two theatres, one intended for opera and ballet (these were known as the Bolshoi Theatres), and one for plays (tragedies and comedies). Because opera and ballet were considered nobler than drama, the opera houses were named 'Grand Theatres' and the drama theatres were called the 'Smaller Theatre'.

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, having more than 200 dancers. The theatre is the parent company of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a world-famous leading school of ballet.

The main building of the theatre, rebuilt and renovated several times during its history, is a landmark of Moscow and Russia. On 28 October 2011, the Bolshoi was re-opened after an extensive six-year renovation.

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Founded: 1825
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Russia

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pranav pillai (14 months ago)
The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most famous and prestigious cultural institutions in Russia, located in the heart of Moscow. This historic theatre is renowned for its opulent interiors, world-class performances, and rich history, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the arts and culture. The Bolshoi Theatre was first established in 1776 and has undergone many renovations and restorations over the centuries, including a major reconstruction in the early 21st century. Today, the theatre is home to the Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera, two of the most acclaimed performing arts companies in the world. Visitors to the Bolshoi Theatre can enjoy a variety of performances, including classical ballet, opera, and orchestral concerts. The theatre also hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals throughout the year, providing visitors with a diverse and exciting program of entertainment. In addition to its world-class performances, the Bolshoi Theatre is also renowned for its stunning architecture and opulent interiors. Visitors can take a guided tour of the theatre to explore its historic halls, elegant staircases, and luxurious dressing rooms. Overall, the Bolshoi Theatre is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the arts and culture. Its rich history, world-class performances, and stunning architecture make it a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you are a fan of ballet, opera, or classical music, a visit to the Bolshoi Theatre is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Moscow.
Shubham Kumar (14 months ago)
A must see, great architecture. I visited there by walk from Kremlin as i didn't have internet.
Мария Гущина (2 years ago)
First visit to Bolshoi Theatre must be always memorable. Fantastic interior just like a palace. Great actors, great voices, great performance. Outstanding orchestra. Bravo!!!
Ignomite (3 years ago)
It’s the biggest theatre in moscow. It almost looks like a museum. The place can be easily located. The inside is ginormous. The building from outside looks huge.
Mohammad Ja'abo (4 years ago)
One of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in the world.. it's really really worth it to watch a performance here. But at least you should book on of the theater's organized tours, huge amount of information really interesting stuff to learn about history and culture
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