An evening at the Bolshoi is still one of Moscow’s most romantic and entertaining options for a night on the town. The glittering six-tier auditorium has an electric atmosphere, evoking over 240 years of premier music and dance. Both the ballet and opera companies perform a range of Russian and foreign works here.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Bolshoi was marred by politics, scandal and frequent turnover. Yet the show must go on – and it will. The Bolshoi has recently undergone a much-needed renovation; in 2011, the theatre reopened the doors of its main stage after several years of work, revealing expanded theatre space and glittering mouldings. The smaller New Stage (Novaya Stsena), remodelled in 2003, also hosts performances.