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Bolshoi Theater


Founded in 1776 in Moscow, it is a major Russian and world center of the performing arts and the home of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Company. Its Empire-style building in the center of Moscow with a massive columned portico and four Phoebus-guided bronze horses on the pediment was opened in 1825.

The theater is renowned for its productions of operatic and ballet classics authored by Russian (Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov), Soviet (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturyan), and foreign composers. Many outstanding opera singers have performed on its stage, including Fyodor Shalyapin, Leonid Sobinov, Antonina Nezhdanova, Nadezhda Obukhova, Sergei Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Maria Maksakova, Irina Arkhipova, and Yelena Obraztsova.

Inside the Bolshoi Theater

A great number of ballet stars are also associated with the Bolshoi, including Alexander Gorsky, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Maya Plisetskaya, and Yekaterina Maximova. Among the Bolshois choreographers were Marius Petipa, Yury Grigorovich, and Vladimir Vasilyev. For Russian lovers of art the Bolshoi is more than a theater of opera and ballet and has come to symbolize the best in the Russian arts. See also BALLET.




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