11 The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Posted on October 24, 2011 by

After a six-year restoration, they are opening the Bolshoi Theater.

This is a foyer. Now the parts of the complex are connected by underground and above-ground passages.

A great view of Theater Square.

One of the fifty new make-up rooms.

Seventeen elevators appeared after the restoration. This is a control board of one of them. In fact, there are two more floors underground with different mechanisms.

Venetian mosaic restored by two fragments found.

The auditorium seats 1768 spectators. Before the restoration it had seated 2100.

At first they used candles for lighting up the Bolshoi Theater. In 1863 they began to use gas-filled chandeliers and thirty years later electric ones. They even built a separate power station nearby which was to supply the theater with electricity.

They have restored old canvases picturing muses.

A buffet. It is located on the fourth floor now.

Some of the bricks of this wall belong to the 18th century because when the theater was being restored in 1825, they used brickes left after Napoleon’s invasion.

This is a rehearsal-and-concert hall. Just 70 meters away from it there is a metro station but it makes almost no noise. It is also going to be an audio recording studio.

This is a transformation stage which consists of five independent stages. It can go down at a depth of 20.5 meters in just 5 seconds. It can turn into an orchestra pit, an orchestra and choir hall or into an auditorium seating 300 people.

This is a central foyer. The tile was made at the same factory as the original 19th century one.

Left side, coat check of the orchestra seats

The fabric was also restored after some samples preserved.

The banisters are made of alabaster. It is thick and semitransparent.

The doors have also been restored.

In the 19th century, nobody but the emperor and his suite, was allowed to be in this hall. It is called the emperor hall.

Its acoustics is stunning!

Sitting on the furniture is prohibited!

Gobelin tapestries were so old that it took them five years to restore them!

The chandelier has a weight of two tons and a diameter of 6.5 meters. They spent 300 grams of gold leaf to gild it!

In the 19th century this theater had one of the best sound quality in the world. However, by 2005 it lost up to 50% of its acoustic characteristics.

Now the acoustics has been restored completely and hopefully, the theater will soon win back its status of one of the best acoustic theaters of the world.

150 workers did the gilding. It took them four kilos of gold to do that!

It is a papier-mache statue.

Six upper levels of the theater are connected with each other by means of the so called circular corridors in the way they were designed in the 18th century.

This is a new drop-curtain. It is embroidered with words ‘Russia’ and double-headed eagles.

Exit sign.

One of the cloakrooms.

Location: Moscow

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11 Responses to “The Bolshoi Theater Opening”

  1. geoff says:


    Sitting on the furniture is prohibited!……..unless….?

    • Hola! says:

      Unless nobody watches…. ;)
      I think the furniture is just a part of original decor, it was hard enough to restore the historical furniture to subject it wear and tear.

  2. hezekiah says:

    Russians, the inventors of Bling!

  3. Matlok says:

    Impressive!! Someday I would like to go there!

  4. Hirsh says:

    Opulence, I has it!

  5. Tovarich Volk says:

    It’s kind of sad to see that they’ve spent a lot of money restoring what is truly a beautiful theater only to put what appears to be a ProTools Audio Mix system at the Front Of House mix position in the main room. –They could have done better at this….a LOT better.

  6. Chico says:

    Very nice. When’s Rammstein playing ?

  7. The Stegosaur says:

    The restoration work and the original, ridiculous amount of bling are both damn impressive.

  8. Steamed McQueen says:

    Lovely work, but why the reduction in capacity?

    Gold gilding isn’t really to my taste, but at least it never tarnishes that way it never needs to be polished.

    Six years to do the work? Probably could have done it in three if not for corruption and graft. But hey, that’s life in Russia!

    Damn I miss the place!

  9. Tangowolf says:

    This is simply beautiful. I really hope I get to travel to Russia and see this.

  10. second but last foto the sign says ENTRANCE, not EXIT:] beautiful fotos!

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