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Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow)

Moscow Bolshoi Theatre

 

 

Teatralnaya ploshchad 1

Tel. (495) 250 7317

Subway: Teatralnaya

Open: Tue- Sun

Closed: July- Aug

www.bolshoi.ru

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre

Moscow Bolshoi TheatreWorld famous Moscow Bolshoi (or Big in Russian) Theatre is the largest theatre in Russia and certainly most famous in the country as well as all of the World. The history of Bolshoi Theatre starts on March 1776 when provincial prosecutor Prince Peter V. Urusov was granted a right to construct and support theatre from Russian Empress Catherine II the Great. Urusov chose Petrovka Street to erect his new building. In the late eighteen century the square looked very different from the way it does today. Petrovka Street ran parallel to picturesque small river Neglinka that flowed pass the wall of Kremlin into Moscow river. Originally Bolshoi Theatre was called Petrovsky after its street. Later modifications turned Petrovka into a large open plaza, while Neglinka was covered by bricks and was turned into an underground river that still flows underneath people's feet.

 

Original Petrovsky Theater burned down due to an accident before it even opened its doors so the reconstruction of the cultural temple was transferred to an English enterpreneur Michael Maddix. He erected Grand Petrovsky Theatre. However it too was burned down in 1805. In 1821 Bolshoi Theatre construction resumed after design of architect A. Beauvais and rector of Saint Petersburg Academy A. Mikhailov. As you might have guessed it burned down again on March 11, 1853, although its stone structure did survive the fire. Reconstruction of Bolshoi Theater lasted another three years under supervision of architect A.K. Kavos. Alabaster sculpture of Apollo that once stood over the main entrance portico was destroyed in the fire. It was replaced by Apollo on a chariot driven by four horses that were designed by Peter Klodt, the same man that designed horses on Anichkov Bridge in Saint Petersburg. Newly completed Bolshoi Theatre opened its doors on August 20, 1856. The building can accommodate 2150 spectators and its five tiered hall got excellent acoustics. Every famous Russian composer considered a great success if his music was played in Bolshoi. This included of course Peter Tchaikovsky that played "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Queen of Spades", "Eugene Onegin", "Iolanta" and many others. Other famous names associated with the Bolshoi Theatre included Sergei Rachmaninoff, opera singer Feodor Chaliapin, Galina Ulanova, ballet start Maya Plisetskaya, Anton Rubinstein and many others.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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