Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia Overview And History

 

 

 

An adventurous English impresario of performing arts, Michael Maddox, had gone to Imperial Russia in the 18th century in search of better prospects.

He got friendly with Moscow’s influential City Prosecutor Prince Peter Urusov who knew the powerful and erudite German-born Russian Empress Catherine the Great. With her support the first Russian theater was formed in Moscow in 1776.

The Bolshoi first started in a private home in Moscow and four years later moved to the Petrovka Theatre and began to produce plays and operas until the building perished in a fire in 1805. The Bolshoi’s present iconic edifice on Theater Square in downtown Moscow was built in 1824 and was inaugurated the next year.

It is in this astonishing Theater where many historic ballets were premiered in the late 19th century like Tchaikovskey’s legendary Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. Don’t miss if any of these is showing during your Moscow visit. You might have seen Swan Lake in London or New York but watching it – or any other ballet or musical – on the Bolshoi stage is an unforgettable experience even if you’ve to buy your tickets in the black market!

 

This temple of Russian culture has not only produced immortal ballets and theatrical manifestations over the past two centuries; its magnificent building is an outstanding example of Russian architecture. The eight-column façade looks stunningly elegant and most welcoming with Apollo riding triumphantly in his splendid chariot driven by four horses. The Bolshoi Theater is one of the best theater buildings in the world. Accesorios para Jeep

The interiors of the Bolshoi also look utterly stunning with its three-dimensional gilded stucco interiors and massive chandeliers hanging from its high ceiling painted with colorful murals.

Historic regime changes in Russia and the damages the building suffered in the World War II temporarily affected Bolshoi’s ability to continue to produce stupendous performances. But the Bolshoi survived those catastrophes and again regained its position of one of the greatest ballet and opera production companies in the world.

 

During the Soviet regime the Bolshoi was often used for holding important political conferences many of which were attended by Lenin and Stalin. The former used to come here sometimes to watch ballets, but the latter never did.

Close to the Kremlin walls and facing the Theater Square with a fountain, the Bolshoi’s location is superb. It’s also a pleasant area to stroll when it isn’t snowing. There are some open-air bars and restaurants; a bit tacky perhaps but they are hugely enjoyable.

The Bolshoi’s historic building is currently closed for massive renovations that began in 2005. Bolshoi ballet and opera performances are now being held on a new stage just behind the landmark building that will reopen before the theater season begins in 2011.

An evening at the Bolshoi is an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss it even if you have to watch a performance on the new stage.

Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia Overview And History

Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia Overview And History

An adventurous English impresario of performing arts, Michael Maddox, had gone to Imperial Russia in the 18th century in search of better prospects.

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Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia Overview And History
Bolshoi Theatre Of Russia Overview And History

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