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The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol'shoy Teatr, Big Theatre, IPA: [bɐlʲˈʂoj tʲɪˈatər]) is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds ballet and opera performances. Before the October Revolution it was a part of the Imperial Theatres of the Russian Empire along with Maly Theatre (Small Theatre) in Moscow and a few theatres in Saint Petersburg (Hermitage Theatre, Bolshoi (Kamenny) Theatre, later Mariinsky Theatre and others). 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, with more than 200 dancers. The theatre is the parent company of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a world-famous leading school of ballet. It has a branch at the Bolshoi Theatre School in Joinville, Brazil. The main building of the theatre, rebuilt and renovated several times during its history, is a landmark of Moscow and Russia (its iconic neoclassical façade is depicted on the Russian 100-ruble banknote). On 28 October 2011, the Bolshoi re-opened after an extensive six-year renovation. The official cost of the renovation is 21 billion rubles ($688 million). However, other Russian authorities and other people connected to it claimed much more public money was spent. The renovation included restoring acoustics to the original quality (which had been lost during the Soviet Era), as well as restoring the original Imperial decor of the Bolshoi.
  • Frederik Gylling

    a month ago

    Incredible experience to visit this architectural beauty. We went to New Stage. Maybe not as impressive in size and style, but the show was beyond imagination. Forgotten Land was the best ballet I ever saw and the crowd was indeed engaged.

  • Fatty Rakhmaniar

    a month ago

    Such a beautiful place. Went for the tour and our guide was great. At the end of the tour while we were still getting ready, a security guard rudely told us to got out of the place quickly. Such a bad experience to end an awesome tour.

  • Dorian Kraševec Miljas

    10 days ago

    Beautiful building, came to see and bought tickets from a reseller in front of the main entrance. Expected a fraud but decided to take a chance and didn't regret it - for 5000 rubles we watched opera Carmen from the top - an amazing and unforgettable experience!

  • Gregory Burnett

    3 months ago

    Magic filled with spine tingles since the first time I attended a ballet here in the late 90's. The best performance of moving emotion I have experienced anywhere. Still a place that I hear when I think of Moscow. A must do if possible.

  • Maria Averina

    a month ago

    Once in a lifetime experience. Great music, amazing play and highly professional artists. Exceeded my expectations!