bolshoi theatre reopens!!

The enormous renovation and restoration of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is finally done, and after six years the theatre will finally reopen, tonight!! The massive project sought to bring the theatre back to its glorious days of the czars, i.e.  foundation reinforced, stages rebuilt, acoustics recovered and every inch of the gold leaf replaced.

Catherine the Great had the theatre built in 1776, and through the czar era, through communism, through a couple of big fires, a bomb during WWII and a long period of steady decay it has finally been recovered to this gorgeous new state.  Unfortunately the project has been heavily criticized for being astronomically over-budget (16 times more than it should’ve been, to be exact) which unfortunately taints this ordeal with embezzlement and corruption. Nevertheless, the building looks more beautiful than ever, and  begs to be seen by a whole new generation of opera and ballet lovers.

For a great article on the history and the current state of the theatre go here.

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