After nearly five years of renovations, Moscow's historic Bolshoi Theatre is back in business.
"It's good that this (the reconstruction) has finally been finished," said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday. "At some point there was the feeling that this would be a never-ending story. The spirit of the theatre has been preserved. I hope that here you will feel like before or even better.”
Medvedev was on hand to examine Moscow’s renovated theatre and watch a rehearsal of the Tchaikovsky ballet "The Sleeping Beauty,” which is scheduled to open November 18th.
The main building of the 186-year-old Bolshoi Theatre closed for renovations in 2005 and was originally slated to reopen in 2008. However, unexpected delays repeatedly pushed back the reopening, forcing the theatre’s dance company to perform at the smaller New Stage theatre nearby.
Russia hopes the grand opening of “Sleeping Beauty” and the reopening of the Boloshi Theatre will help the nation reestablish its reputation as having one of the greatest dance troupes in the world.
Featuring opera and ballet troupes, the first performance at the renovated theatre will take place October 28th. A production offering of Glinka's opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila" opens November 2, with the opening of “Sleeping Beauty” following a little over two weeks later.