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Ballet and Opera in Moscow

Ballet   is a form of dancing, ballet may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music. But a ballet dancer's technique and special skills differ greatly from those of other dancers. Ballet dancers perform many movements that are unnatural for the body. Different ballet styles have developed in various countries. Ballet in Russia is often forceful and showy. Ballet dancers travel throughout the world and adopt different features of foreign styles. As a result of these international influences, all ballet is continually being broadened and enriched.

Opera is part of the Russian tradition. An opera performance incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery and costumes and sometimes incorporates dance for example:

HBolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is a theatre and opera company in Moscow, Russia, which gives performances of ballet and opera. Completely rebuilt after a fire in 1856, the grand building is a masterpiece of Russian neoclassicism, including an eight-columned entrance porch topped by a horse-drawn chariot of Apollo, patron of the arts. The glittering five-tiered interior is richly adorned with red velvet furnishings, gold decoration and chandeliers, and the size of the auditorium makes it the largest theatre in the world.

Moscow Ballet and Opera

The Bolshoi Theatre has hosted some of the world's most celebrated premieres and performers, including Swan Lake, Spartacus and concerts by Richard Wagner, and an evening performance at the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre constitutes one of Moscow's best nights out.

Address: Teatralnaya Ploshchada, Moscow
Tel: 095-292-9270 (ticket), 095-292-3319
Metro: Teatralnaya
Performances: Daily 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 midday

HHelikon Opera

This theatre, a rounded space of graduated platforms that feels almost intimate, presents more innovative and controversial performances than the Bolshoi, such as updated renditions of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Address: 19 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Moscow 103009, Russia
Tel: 095-290-0971, 095-290-6592
Metro: Arbatskaya
Performances: Daily 7:00 p.m.

Moscow Ballet and Opera

HKamerny Musical Theatre

The Kamerny Music Theater, directed by Boris Pokrovsky, presents a repertoire of well-known opera classics as well as quite a few lesser-known works on two separate stages.

Address: 17 Ulitsa Nikolskaya, Moscow
Tel: 095-929-1320, 095-929-1326
Metro: Ploshad Revolyutsii
Performances: Daily

Moscow Ballet and Opera

HMoscow Art Theatre

It is a theatre company in Moscow, founded in 1897 by Constantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. The theatre quickly became famous when it staged productions of Anton Chekhov's. Today the theatre’s Artistic Director is Oleg Tabakov and its current repertoire consists of international drama classics by the famous Russian realist writers Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol and Lermontov.

Address: 3 Kamergersky Pereulok, Moscow
Tel.: 095-229-8760
Metro: Teatralnaya
Performances: Daily 7:00 p.m.

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