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The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the biggest and most spectacular venues of its kind in the world. Built in 1824, after a fire destroyed the previous incarnation, it is a masterpiece of neo-classical design. Six tiers of seats over two thousand spectators in a world of chandeliers, gold stucco decoration and lavish red velvet furnishing. It's simply impossible not to be moved by a visit to the Bolshoi - and that's before the performance has even begun! Their ballerinas, actors and opera singers may tour the world, but there's no better place to catch the Bolshoi Theatre Company than right here in Moscow.
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It was the highlight of my stay in Moscow.
Absolutely a must-do in Moscow. It's a cultural sensation.
The Bolshoi Theatre lived up to all my (incredibly high) expectations. It really must be scene... i don't care if it's a cliche. A trip to Moscow without the Bolshoi ballet is not complete
From ticket purchase to curtains down its an experience of a lifetime!
I had the pleasure of being in this theatre in May 2002, for the "Swan Lake" ballet. This theatre is awesome, comfortable, nice acoustic, etc. When you add this theatre with the Russian artists, you get an unforgettable experience.
Please note: The Bolshoi Theater's main stage is closed for extensive reconstruction at the mo., confining its company to the 900-seat Bolshoi New Stage for most performances - plus occasional evenings in the monstrous Kremlin Palace!