The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

A great view of Theater Square.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

One of the fifty new make-up rooms.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Venetian mosaic restored by two fragments found.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

They have restored old canvases picturing muses.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Left side, coat check of the orchestra seats

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The fabric was also restored after some samples preserved.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The doors have also been restored.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Its acoustics is stunning!

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Sitting on the furniture is prohibited!

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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!

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

It is a papier-mache statue.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

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

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Exit sign.

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

One of the cloakrooms.

Location: Moscow

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11 thoughts on “The Bolshoi Theater Opening”

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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