1. The theater got the name Bolshoi because the building where it was located was the biggest theater building in Moscow in the 19th century.
2. Every year Moscow government plants two varieties of tulips in front of the building of Bolshoi – named “Galina Ulanova” by famous Russian prima-ballerina and “Bolshoi Theater”. It was specially introduced by a Dutch man Lefeber who was so astonished with the Bolshoi theater in the 1950s that he developed two new varieties.
3. In WW2 time a bomb got into the building of Bolshoi theater but the sculpture of the Quadriga of Apollo on the facade remained untouched.
4. During Soviet time Bolshoi building was not only a theater but also a place for the meetings of the party. On December 30th in 1922 it was the place for the conference of delegations which approved the Treaty along with the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR.
5. The famous golden curtain in Stalin’s empire style in Bolshoi appeared in 1955 and was designed by Feodor Fedorovsky. It was made from natural silk and metallic thread.
6. A few outstanding artists have performed on the stage of the Bolshoi. Feodor Chalyapin sang there and Maya Plisetskaya danced on its boards.
7. After the recent reconstruction of Bolshoi building a new underground area with Beethoven hall appeared, a completely high tech room, which can be transformed according to the purposes.
8. During the recent reconstruction Bolshoi got 5 new levels underground including new Beethoven hall.
9. During World War 2, the theater building, like many other Moscow iconic buildings was disguised as an ordinary house.
10. All tickets to a new performance in Bolshoi are sold out three months ( within 15 minutes!) before the show. If you are not on time, book our Customized tour to get behind the historical stage, see the magnificent building inside and learn its great history!