World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage Bolshoi is one of the leading ballet and opera companies in the world.
Marvellous Main (Historic) stage - the crown jewel of Russian arts - has been re-opened on October 28, 2011 after a six-year multi-layer $660 million restoration. Gilders, weavers and decorators have been working around the clock to restore the theater to its 19th century glory, the era considered its most opulent.
The Bolshoi's return to glory includes the refurbishment of an interior that was once paneled with rare pine and gilded by hand with real gold for the best acoustics before the Soviets damaged them.
The theater's stage is gaining a sound-reflecting floor coating -- specifically designed for opera - and a ballet stage returned to its once-famous four-degree angle that is able to absorb impact, making jumping safer for dancers.
An advanced sound and lighting system has also been installed.
imposing home of the internationally-famed Bolshoi ballet and opera was constructed in 1824 by Osip Bove,
though the company itself was begun in 1776 as a dancing school for the Moscow
Orphanage. For much of its history the Bolshoi was overshadowed by the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, but with Moscow's
restoration as the capital in 1918 it gained preeminence.
For most of the last
three decades the Bolshoi was led by Yuri Grigorovich, an artistic director known as much for his
accomplished, classical choreography. Under Grigorovich's tenure, and graced by
the presence of a series of remarkably gifted dancers, the Bolshoi's became
known as one of the world's great ballet companies. Its performances elicit
international acclaim, and an evening at the Bolshoi remains one of Moscow's
sublime pleasures. The lovely, acoustically-excellent theater is a very
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