The Bolshoi theatre
Boasting a cast of incredible artists, this theatre is world famous. You can see this beautiful building printed on many cards as a symbol of Moscow. The best way to see and photograph its lavish interiors is to visit the theatre as part of an excursion group.
You will learn some very interesting facts about the architectural style, history and backstage life of the Bolshoi, and it will make you feel like a very special guest.
The hall of the historical stage is rich in red and gold decor. When the theatre was opened in the 19th century, its interior decor didn’t appeal to the ladies of high society, because their ballroom dresses and sparkling diamonds were eclipsed by the richness of the décor.
The main chandelier, with hundreds of oil lamps, would be hoisted and lowered during the intervals of performances. Oil would drip on the heads of the spectators, who would then have to open their umbrellas for protection. It made seats in the parterre (which are the most expensive now) unpopular.
Whether watching an opera or ballet or drinking champagne during intermissions and discussing the beauty of interior design, all expectations for your special day will be fulfilled here. That is, if you can get a ticket – because to buy a ticket to the Bolshoi is in itself an art. This means that to watch a performance on the historical stage of the theatre, you should buy a ticket a couple of months prior to it.
The small lobbies of the theatre are all different in design. They are also used for more private concerts or receptions.
While walking around the theatre, you feel as if you whisper the names of famous artists, like ballerina Maya Plisetskaya and vocalist Galina Vishnevskaya, in the halls of the Bolshoi, you may hear the echo of the ballerina’s light steps or the beautiful voice of the singer.
I like the New stage of the theatre too. It is in the next to the Bolshoi theatre building and has its own charm. It is smaller, lighter in colors and has beautiful chandeliers of various designs.
And the ceiling! With drawings of ballet costumes by the famous artist Leon Bakst, it takes your breath away.
The Bolshoi offers a wide range of performances. As for me, my favorites include an opera “Tsarskaya nevesta” (“The Tsar’s bride”) and a ballet “Dragotsennosti” (“Jewels”).
In summertime you might be presented with the opportunity to watch a direct broadcasting of some operas and ballets or night lights shows. I would not miss a chance!