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Ballet and Opera

The Bolshoi Theater

1 Teatralnaya Ploshad, Metro: Teatralnaya

Originally established in 1776, the Bolshoi Theatre has a turbulent history and is testament to the enduring nature of the Russian character, surviving through 200 years of monarchies, revolution, socialism, and war. The vast five-tiered auditorium is richly ornamented with chandeliers, gold stucco decoration and plush red velvet furnishings. It seats over 2,000 people and its auditorium is one of the largest in the world. You can see everything from Russian opera favorites such as The Queen of Spades to the classical ballets Swan Lake, Giselle and Don Quixote. Performances are some of the best in the world and are a must for everyone living in and visiting Moscow.

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The world famous Bolshoy Theatre Inside the theatre

The Novaya Opera Theater

3 Ulitsa Karetny Ryad, Hermitage Gardens, Moscow. Metro: Mayakovskaya

This modern theater was founded in 1991 but moved to a new building in 1997 to celebrate the 850th anniversary of Moscow. Great performances and excellent acoustics makes this a very popular choice.

Classical Concerts

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

4/31 Triumphalnaya Ploshad, Moscow. Metro: Mayakovskaya

The concert hall, with its massive square-pillared portico and diamond-patterned facade looms above the main entrance to Mayakovsky Metro Station. It hosts regular concerts by both the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and many visiting international orchestras and choirs and conductors.

Moscow Conservatoire

13 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya. Metro: Okhotny Ryad

The Conservatoire, located just 5 minutes' walk from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow, was founded in 1866 by the musician Nikolai Rubinshtein. The Grand Hall is famous for its unique acoustics and hosts regular concerts from both Russian and world-renowned musicians. The Small Hall features a program of smaller ensembles and chamber music is performed in the Rachmaninov Halls.


The Old Moscow Circus

Tsvetnoy Boulevard 13, M. Tsvetnoy Bul'var

The Old Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard is one of the oldest circuses in Russia, founded in 1890. Home to the great Russian circus tradition.

The Great Moscow State Circus

Pr Vernadskovo, 7 M:Universitet

Host to daily performances featuring bears, tigers, elephants, trapeze artists, acrobats and clowns

You can find out more information about what's on in Moscow from the following websites: The Moscow Times or Go Magazine