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Teatralnaya 280 m, Ohotnyiy ryad 320 m, Ploschad Revolyutsii 450 m 1 Teatralnaya Square
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Theatre Bolshoi


One of the most significant theatres of the world has been opened after renovation

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State Academic Theatre of Russian was founded in 1776 during the reign of Catharine the Great.

Since that time it has gone through three fires, a flood, the Second World War bombing, and recent full renovation of the main historic premises that lasted 6 years.

High probability of building failure was the reason for renovation. During renovation the company was performing on the nearby New stage.

Scandals and Investigations

The fact that the sum mentioned by technical analysts and development companies was twice as much as the one submitted by the General Manager gave the Ministry of Culture of Russia a reason to suspect theatre managers in corruption and stealing of property.

In September 2009, a criminal case was opened to investigate high costs and presumptive waste of funds. During the investigation Mr. Iksanov denied all the charges against the managers of “Bolshoi”.

Budget — 24,200,000,000 rub.

Period of renovation — 6 years

Opening — October 28, 2011

The first date of opening was set for 2008, but it was postponed few times which had led to scandals.

Floor space — 80,000 square meters
It became twice larger during renovation increased due to underground premises. The main stage has become the largest scene in Europe.

During the renovation

The theatre obtained its original acoustic properties of 19th century which placed it in a list of 50 best theaters in the world.

The chairs were upholstered with Italian fabric specially tested for sound absorption.

The walls were decorated with pine veneer that improves sound quality. The red curtain has become gold again as it was during the Tsar`s period.

The soundproof works are going to be made at 2 nearby metro stations.

A number of]first nights[/u] starring world famous opera singers and ballet dancers will be held in November.

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  • The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by the architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera.


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