Bolshoi Theatre

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Bolshoi Theatre
4.5
from SGD 443.11
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The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Tverskoy
How to get there
  • Okhotny Ryad • 3 min walk
  • Teatralnaya • 3 min walk
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Russell V
Auckland Central, New Zealand63 contributions
Must do
Apr 2021 • Couples
Blown away by the majestic theatre and people dressed to the nines. This is a cultural experience to be done once in your lifetime Not cheap but then you don’t do this everyday ! Our show was three acts and they have 20 minute breaks between each. No drinks in the main theatre which was a shame. Orchestra superb and just as entertaining as the ballet Seats were incredible. Such depth and colour to it all. The dancers appeared super imposed at times - 😲 Our seats allowed detailed views of the orchestra, costumes and general people watching Use the cloakroom as nowhere to leave your coat once seated
Written 14 April 2021
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia7,774 contributions
Symbol of Russian culture
Dec 2020 • Solo
The Bolshoi Theater is one of the largest opera and ballet theaters in Russia. It is located in the center of Moscow, on Teatralnaya Square. Founded in March 1776, that is, before the announcement of the US declaration of independence. Since then, the theater has been rebuilt several times, the last reconstruction took place from 2005-2011. This is one of the main attractions of Moscow, located in the heart of the city. In addition to world famous ballet performances, the Bolshoi Theater has become an integral part of the Circle of Light festival. On the facade of this symbol of Russian culture, a unique light show is held, playing on the architectural form of the building, with many works on various topics. Tickets are expensive, but you have to get there at least once!
Written 20 December 2020
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Alliohna
286 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2020
Came here to see The Queen Of Spades, we sat on the balcony level 6, it was quite high up but the view was still amazing, the impressive crystal and gold chandelier was almost in front of us, so we had the view of the stage and all of the beautiful surroundings too. Very impressive: grand and intricate interior. The opera was great too, all translated in English on the screen at the top of the stage.
Written 19 September 2020
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LAcustomer
LA21 contributions
Feels like in different World
Oct 2019
Absolutely the greatest theater in Moscow, right at the center of the city. After renovation and we been there actually August 2019 (this year was still closed, due covid 19), the place like other planet. Saw great play from balcony and could not been happy. Cant wait to come back
Written 12 September 2020
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Richard Kador
1 contribution
No concert, no refund!
Jun 2020
We bought 2 tickets for a ballet performance in June 2020 on the balletandopera website. The ballet was cancelled because of Covid-19 in March 2020 and we have not received a refund despite several letters and phone calls. The website promises a full refund for cancellations for any reason but they don't honor their cancellation policy. Very disappointed in their lack of response.
Written 5 September 2020
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Laura Birceanu
12 contributions
Breathtaking
Dec 2019 • Friends
Do NOT miss it! Especially the old theater. Of course, if you get to see The nutcracker or Swan Lake, you are quite fortunate. However, whatever you can get your hands on, Bolshoi is a MUST.
Written 24 July 2020
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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia11,563 contributions
The Bolshoi: antiCOVID-19 concert
Mar 2020
All coronavirus-cancelled events reimbursed fully, promptly and automatically. I was impressed! You know from my previous posts that I have quite a few issues with the Bolshoi, from their unpredictable schedule to the loss of the much-loved desserts in the theatre cafe :)). But in this force majeure circumstances there could not be more good poise and sensible management than they displayed! I never had one single minute’s trouble – no browsing any sites, no filling in any forms, no having to call the box-office, no mess. Exactly the day after the scheduled performance date I received an SMS from my bank, account settled – 5 or 6 times through those quarantine months, I had several events booked. Note, there were no any vouchers issued, just cold, hard cash. To be frank and fair, not only the Bolshoi, all theatres in Moscow arranged for a cash refund, but with Stassik and a number of drama theatres I had to phone them first, or send an e-mail, or state this or that way that I want a refund. The Bolshoi appears to have introduced a computer programme that was simply sending the funds back to your credit card, without any manual intervention. It all looked so logical, natural and easy – although in reality it must have been a result of a serious managerial effort – that I was absolutely sure all theatres throughout the world do exactly the same. You can imagine how surprised I was when La Scala, the Bologna opera and Teatro Strehler in Milan – I had a trip to Italy scheduled for early May 2020 – so they all told me they are going to issue vouchers valid for a limited time, and there’s a deadline to apply, there’s a procedure, and there’s a lot of headache to go with it… But that’s another story. From earthly matters over to heavenly art now. Like many other opera houses the Bolshoi had a series of streamed recordings, mostly ballets, though I remember there were two or three operas, the classic Russian operas, classic productions, too, you’ll never see anything like this anywhere else in the world, it appears no other theatre has the means to create such splendidly rich stage settings and costumes, scrupulously matching the historic period. The programme went only for a month or so, the Bolshoi regrettably hasn’t got the rights for a good share of its 20th century recordings, they are stored in the state TV library. But those they could share were a smashing success throughout the world; I remember ‘The Swan Lake’ had over 2 million views withing 24 hours. But that was later; the concert I have on my photos here was staged late March, when there was still hope the virus would go away soon. Nonetheless, there was no any audience in the house, as you will see, the quarantine was already on. Must be have been quite difficult for the artists to act looking at the empty seats… But they had a good cause. There was no fund-raising, I think, for the simple reason that the theatre goers at home just cannot afford any additional spending, no matter how much they love music, not everyone owns an oil-well here, you know. Instead they played, and sang, and danced for our doctors. There was a huge display at the background of the stage with a connection to about fifty hospitals in Moscow and the region, the rest of the country was practically COVID-free at the time; and the personnel could follow the performance online directly from their working places. Today the worst is behind us - hopefully. I doubt, however, that the Bolshoi opens already in September, as it susally did; I expect, and it makes sense, too, that they wait until we have the vaccine. Meanwhile you can take an online tour of the theatre’s via their site. And here are some of the photos I made just one day before they closed the doors for the season, it was March 14. Isn’t it symbolic that the last performance was ‘Spartacus’, the Bolshoi’s legendary ballet? I hope they will restart the season with it, too, and that uncrushable spirit will pull us all through again!
Written 15 June 2020
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Chilango1961
Leamington Spa, UK37 contributions
Swan Lake at Bolshoi Theatre
Aug 2019
On our trip to Moscow we managed to get tickets to the Swan lake ballet performance in the Bolshoi theatre. Absolutely fantastic setting for a beautiful show. Well worth planning to see a show here if in Moscow.
Written 10 May 2020
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CAPerth
Perth216 contributions
Extravagant sets but relatively expensive
Jun 2019
We attended two performances here, both at the Historic Stage (Carmen and Don Carlo). Don Carlo was a bit strange as it was a monologue for long sections, probably explains why it was a lot cheaper. For both performances, we had Row 1 Amphitheatre seats, top price bracket, but even so my wife’s vision was impaired by taller patrons in the back rows of the Stalls, which are much closer than it appears on the seating plan. Admittedly she is short but I hadn’t expected that. The more central seats and Row 1 Dress Circle were all taken, despite getting on line seconds after sales went live. Once you buy on line, you still have to exchange the voucher for actual tickets, and for the more popular shows (eg Carmen) you must provide passport details on purchase and show the passport to get your tickets. Probably a good system as it limits dodgy resellers from buying up lots of tickets. One significant point of difference I noticed compared to other opera’s I have attended in Europe was that the performances seemed much longer (generally with two intermissions) (or maybe I was just tired after long days) and that the sets were much more detailed and elaborate. The lack of English sub-titles also made things a bit harder to understand but is not a major issue.
Written 9 May 2020
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christy yani
125 contributions
Stunning performance and architecture
Oct 2019 • Solo
I was there for the Don Quixote performance, and it was indeed a world class ballet. Purchase the ticket online and collect it at the Administration building beside the Theatre.
Written 6 May 2020
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