The Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

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Visit the Bolshoi Theatre – the home of Russian ballet, marvel at its architectural beauty and enjoy the world most famous performances here, in Moscow. Swan Lake or the Nutcracker – take a chance to see the masterpieces of Russian ballet school.

  • Region in Russia: Moscow
  • Topic: Sightseeing, Theatres, Culture
  • Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  • Family & Kids: Yes

The Bolshoi Theatre – the Home of Russian Ballet

To be in Moscow and not to see a classic performance is absolutely impossible, as here the Russian ballet school was born. The Bolshoi Theatre has always been, and will remain, one of the main symbols of Russia – both its marvelous building and the Russian music culture tradition it has been carrying for centuries. Located right in the centre of Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre or the Grand Theatre (if we translate the name in English) is a home of Russian ballet and an architectural highlight of Moscow. Whether you are on a city tour or explore the Russian capital by yourself, you won’t miss a chance to marvel at the beautiful Bolshoi Thatre, one of the main tourist attractions in Moscow.

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Famous Performances of Russian Ballet or What to See at the Bolshoi Theatre


The tradition of Russian performing art gained its strength, fame and charm at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The most famous masterpieces of Russian ballet and classics of ballet in the world were created and first set at the Bolshoi Theatre. These famous performances are still set today and are an absolute must see when travelling to Moscow. Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theatre on 4 March 1877, and has been on since that time. Other masterpieces of the Bolshoi include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, Adam’s Giselle, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Khachaturian’s Spartacus. The Bolshoi’s opera repertoire include the classics of Russian opera such as Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, as well as the operas of Tchaikovsky. A variety of operas by western composers are performed: for example, works of Italian composers such as Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.

Do not miss a chance to see the famous Russian ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Bolshoi Theatre Building – an Architectural Highlight of Moscow

Apart from being the place where you can enjoy famous ballet performances, the Bolshoi Theatre is also an architectural highlight of Moscow and an absolute must see in Moscow. The history of one of the main tourist attractions in Moscow – the Bolshoi Theatre – traces back to March 28, 1776, when Catherine II granted Prince Pyotr Urusov the privilege of maintaining theatre performances of all kinds. However, the famous Bolshoi building, which is regarded is one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened in October 20, 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day.


The Bolshoi Theatre – Location Map & Contact Information

 Location Address:

Teatralnaya Ploshad 1,

103009 Moscow, Russia

How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Metro Stations: Teatralnaya (Green Line or Line 2) , Okhotnyi Ryad (Red Line or Line 1) and Ploshad Revolutsii (Blue Line or Line 3)

Other attractions and sightseeing nearby

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