Bolshoi Theatre

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Bolshoi Theatre
4.5
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The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Tverskoy
How to get there
  • Okhotny Ryad • 3 min walk
  • Teatralnaya • 3 min walk
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Mayi Barov
Los Angeles, CA789 contributions
Jun. 2021
The Bolshoi Theater is located in the heart of Magical Moscow! The building is beautiful, the decoration is spectacular. It's a must experience. The performers are the best in the world, and they have a great selection of shows, Book in advance and I would advice to get tickets through their website for fair ticket prices. Enjoy!
Written 10 May 2022
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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia12,988 contributions
Mar. 2022
How you can be sure you are booking via the Bolshoi official site? Nothing can be easier! What do you think Tripadvisor is for?
Right here, on the Bolshoi page, in the left-hand corner click ‘Visit website’. If they have my correction in place, it will take you directly to the English-language site. If not, just add ‘en’ for English in your browser, where the html is. There you are!
Now don’t rush. Go to ‘Plan your visit’ section and read everything carefully, all terms and conditions – when ticket sale starts, official prices, what’s the refund policy, etc. If you have questions, ask the Moscow forum here.
Then click ‘What’s on’ – you’ll see the schedule, normally for 3 months, with titles and venues. This listing covers the Historic Stage, the one with the famous chandelier. There are also The New Stage and The Chamber stage with their separate listings, look for reviews there.
Supposing you are heading to ‘The Swan Lake’?
Don’t wait until you see ‘Buy ticket’ in the right corner. Instead have a drill:
Choose any other performance that runs on the Historic stage, then a seat – this way you will know how much which seat costs. Find photos of the hall – I always publish them here – to see what you can see from which tier.
In short, learn in advance how to do all the virtual ‘paperwork online’, go up to the last step, and then, when it comes to payment, just cancel. Now you are booking-savvy! It’s important because tickets ‘The Swan Lake’ are usually sold out within very short time!
How I decide which seats to choose?
Stalls
For my part, I’d rather not. True, there is an incline, but still, I cannot see much behind the heads; I do not play basketball, you know!
Stalls boxes
Reserved for sponsors
Dress-circle
1 row – nearly as expensive as the stalls, but if you sit near the stage, you can virtually see the expression of the singers’ / dancers’ faces. It’s important if you go for story-telling ballets, like ‘Spartacus’ or ‘Ivan the Terrible’.
1 – 4 tiers
I’ve read an interview of a renown Bolshoi opera singer, he says the best sound is in Tier 1 central boxes, that’s # 12, on each side of the Imperial box. So I do as he had said. The view is very good, too.
That’s true about row 1.
Row 2 is very tricky, most likely you will see only the heads in front of you.
Row 3, the last one, is probably the best – not so expensive and you can stand up without becoming and inconvenience for the others. Note that like in Palais Garnier in Paris there are high ‘bar stools’ here, a bit of trick to climb!
My favourite is Tier 4 – for obvious reasons, it’s fairly cheap!
The photos I supply are taken from there – ‘The Swan Lake’, ‘La Bayadere’, ‘Don Quixote’ – I only mention ballets. Actually Tier 4 is the best for opera – you don’t have to see, you mostly are to listen!
Other practical questions – cloakrooms, cafés, toilets, elevators, wheel-chair access, how to rent theatre glasses – ask Tripadvisor forum. If I write everything in detail here, it will be a thick volume!
Written 7 April 2022
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Арсений Б
1 contribution
Oct. 2021 • Family
Last week I was in Russia.I I visited many different places of interest, but The Bolshoi Theater was the most majestic of all. The most memorable thing were elaborately carved columns on the front side of the theatre. On the roof is an incredible chariot with four horses. I was absolutely stuck by this thing. If you haven’t visited The Bolshoi Theater, you one hundred percent should do it.
Written 10 February 2022
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,019 contributions
Sep. 2021
Beautiful building, great program, they often have excellent shows both opera and ballet, it is world famous and worth a visit when in Moscow.
Written 21 September 2021
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michaelmP9679DF
Zurich, Switzerland1,260 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Business
Just the Opera House in the world. We saw a ballet and an opera performance. There are no words to describe. Just top top artists. Amazing conductor and orchestra
Written 26 May 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia12,348 contributions
Apr. 2021
Bolshoi is a world famous theater known for its glamour, elegance and quality of performance. It's set in the same name square - Teatralnaya, in the very city center.
This time there was no touring, while the evening performances were sold out, but I remember with joy my previous visits.
Written 7 May 2021
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russellv863
Auckland Central, New Zealand67 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Blown away by the majestic theatre and people dressed to the nines. This is a cultural experience to be done once in your lifetime
Not cheap but then you don’t do this everyday !
Our show was three acts and they have 20 minute breaks between each. No drinks in the main theatre which was a shame.
Orchestra superb and just as entertaining as the ballet
Seats were incredible. Such depth and colour to it all. The dancers appeared super imposed at times - 😲
Our seats allowed detailed views of the orchestra, costumes and general people watching
Use the cloakroom as nowhere to leave your coat once seated
Written 14 April 2021
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia8,749 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Solo
The Bolshoi Theater is one of the largest opera and ballet theaters in Russia. It is located in the center of Moscow, on Teatralnaya Square. Founded in March 1776, that is, before the announcement of the US declaration of independence. Since then, the theater has been rebuilt several times, the last reconstruction took place from 2005-2011. This is one of the main attractions of Moscow, located in the heart of the city. In addition to world famous ballet performances, the Bolshoi Theater has become an integral part of the Circle of Light festival.
On the facade of this symbol of Russian culture, a unique light show is held, playing on the architectural form of the building, with many works on various topics. Tickets are expensive, but you have to get there at least once!
Written 20 December 2020
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Alliohna
327 contributions
Sep. 2020
Came here to see The Queen Of Spades, we sat on the balcony level 6, it was quite high up but the view was still amazing, the impressive crystal and gold chandelier was almost in front of us, so we had the view of the stage and all of the beautiful surroundings too. Very impressive: grand and intricate interior. The opera was great too, all translated in English on the screen at the top of the stage.
Written 19 September 2020
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LAcustomer
LA27 contributions
Oct. 2019
Absolutely the greatest theater in Moscow, right at the center of the city. After renovation and we been there actually August 2019 (this year was still closed, due covid 19), the place like other planet. Saw great play from balcony and could not been happy. Cant wait to come back
Written 12 September 2020
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