Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Denis Rodkin is promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Maria Vinogradova — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists, Maria Semenyachenko — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Alexander Vodopetov — from Artists to the Soloists.

The 239th season will close with the world première of the ballet Hero of Our Time. The Theatre dedicates its new production to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov, the great Russian poet, which was celebrated at the end of last year.
The flames of Seville will soon be blazing alongside those of Paris (viz., Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet-reconstruction The Flames of Paris) at the Bolshoi Theatre: for on July 15th, Bizet’s opera Carmen will be returning to the repertoire in a new production by Alexei Borodin.
Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Anna Nikulina, Anastasia Stashkevich are promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Artemy Belyakov — from the Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Savin and Igor Tsvirko — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists; Daria Khokhlova, Yuri Baranov — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Anastasia Vinokur, Angelina Karpova, Ana Turazashvili and Alexander Smoliyaninov — from Artists to the Soloists.
The Bolshoi Theatre’s only school abroad is in Brazil. It was opened in 2000, in the city of Joinville (State of Santa Catarina) with the noble aim of providing a profession to Brazilian children who are cut out by nature for dance and lack the wherewithal to obtain a good education, ballet training included (incidentally, there is no particular tradition of ballet training in Brazil). The education given at the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville school is really good — three of its graduates are already dancing with success as members of the Bolshoi Ballet Company itself. This year the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville School is celebrating its 15th anniversary and at long last the Bolshoi Ballet Company is off on tour to Brazil where it has not been seen for all of sixteen years.
The Bolshoi Announces its Plans for the Following Season!
Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Tugan Sokhiev, the Theatre’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, attended a press conference at which the Theatre’s plans for its next — 240th — season were presented to the public.

We give for
your attention the texts which were drawn up for the press conference.

The World ballet theatre has suffered a bereavement. One of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century Maya Plisetskaya, aged 89, has died from heart failure In Munich. Her bright personality and unique talent made an epoch in the world ballet history. She was a true muse of the Bolshoi Theatre. Audience of millions enjoyed her unforgettable dance. Maya Plisetskaya devoted all her life to her beloved profession and to the native scene of the Bolshoi Theatre, who will hold in remembrance her inspired art.
The famous portrait made by Richard Avedon (from M. Plisetskaya archive).
Farewell Ceremony for Maya Plisetskaya
Bolshoi Theatre General Director Vladimir Urin:
“Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin has acquainted me with that part of his joint will with Maya Mikhailovna, relating to the farewell ceremony and burial arrangements. In this respect, their last wishes are as follows: ‘After death our bodies are to be cremated and when the sad hour comes for that one of us who has lived the longest to depart this life, or in the case of our simultaneous deaths, our ashes are to be united together and strewn over Russia.’ The farewell ceremony for Maya Plisetskaya will be held in Germany in the sole presence of family and close friends”.

In its short performance history (less than ten months), The Bolshoi’s version of the ballet The Taming of the Shrew is off on its second tour. In December of last year it created a furore at one of the most famous European ballet festivals — The Forum of Dance in Monaco (Monte Carlo), organized by the choreographer of our ‘hit’ Jean Christophe Maillot.
This time round our The Taming of the Shrew will adorn the programme of another well-known festival — the St. Petersburg Dance Open.

Alexandrinsky Theatre.

On 21st April a press conference was held at the Bolshoi Theatre conference hall devoted to the 23rd Benois de la danse Festival. World ballet stars nominated for the 2015 Benois de la danse prize were named and the creation of a new joint prize was announced: The Benois de la danse and the Positano Léonide Massine. The Bolshoi received three nominations for the Benois prize as follows: Svetlana Zakharova (for her performance of the main role in the ballet La Dame aux Caméllias and of the part of Mekhmene Banu in Legend of Love), Jean-Christophe Maillot (for his production of The Taming of the Shrew for the Bolshoi Ballet) and Bolshoi Ballet premier dancer Denis Rodkin (for his Ferkhad in Legend of Love). Both Zakharova and Maillot have won the Benois de la danse prize in the past. As for Denis Rodkin, it was just last year that Ballet magazine picked him out as an Up-and-Coming star and here he is already a nominee of the so-called ballet Oscar!

Ivan the Terrible comes to the screen! The next ballet to be broadcast to cinemas around the world.

On 18th April, the legendary Bolshoi Theatre dancer, one of the most outstanding ballet artists of the 20th century, People’s artist of the USSR Vladimir Vasiliev will be celebrating his 75th birthday. Just as energetic and active as ever, Vasiliev has decided to give his audiences a surprise on his birthday: on April 18, the Bolshoi will be hosting a new Vladimir Vasiliev production on its main stage: Give us Peace, to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor, performed by the Tatar State Musa Jalil Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
The Great Conductors at the Bolshoi cycle of concerts on the Theatre’s Main Stage continues with a performance by the Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Maestro Rozhdestvensky. The program consists of works by Czech composers.
The Bolshoi Young artists opera program created in 2009 collaborates successfully with similar foreign projects. This time The Bolshoi audience will meet a real “golden collection” of young opera singers, who will represent 6 youth opera centers.

The Bolshoi Theatre and Pathé Live Company have announced the «Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema» 2015/16 season.

The Bolshoi Theatre continues to present one-off productions, while at the same time replenishing and lending variety to world ballet Shakespeariana. The end of the last season saw the world première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ballet, The Taming of the Shrew, and at the height of the present season, we have another world ballet première — Hamlet.

On the eve of the world première of the ballet Hamlet, Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, produced by Yuri Grigorovich, one of the best productions from the Bolshoi’s Shakespeare collection, is to be screened at cinemas in Russia and many other countries.


A huge variety of photos, including never published, and biography in detail built in alphabetical order. The Bolshoi presented the book dedicated to the great ballerina Ekaterina Maximova (1.2.1939-28.4.2009).
NB! You can buy this book at The Bolshoi Theatre Gift Shop.
In a Jewel of a Role
For the first time since she left the Company, Natalia Osipova is to appear in a Bolshoi Theatre production. She will dance the title role in Giselle (Yuri Grigorovich production). When, a month ago, the winners of the English Critics Circle National Dance Awards were announced, Osipova carried off prizes in two nominations: Best Dancer in 2014 and Outstanding Female Performance (for her interpretation of the role of Giselle in the Royal Ballet production). Her Albrecht at the Bolshoi will be Royal Ballet Principal Stephen McRae.
In the year of the 175th Tchaikovsky anniversary, the Bolshoi Theatre presents to its audiences Lev Dodin’s The Queen of Spades — a production which has already been shown at three of the world’s leading opera-houses. But in Russia, in addition to being the première of a notable Dodin production, it will also mark his debut as one of the world’s great directors of dramatic opera — in which capacity he has long been known abroad.

It will give a concert performance of The Marriage of Figaro at The Northern Lights Festival.

Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company soloist Olga Kulchinskaya wins the 2015 Francisco Viňas International Singing Contest.

Venera Gimadieva and Bogdan Volkov were prize-winners at the 2015 Paris Opera Competition.


Ana Turazashvili has been included in Dance Magazine’s (see January issue) 25-to-Watch List for 2015 — a top list of recommended young dancers to keep an eye on in the new year.

It is with profound sorrow that the management and company of The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia announce that, following serious illness, the great Russian singer and world opera diva, People’s Artist of the USSR Elena Vasilievna Obraztsova passed away on 12th January 2015. They express their profound condolences to her family and dear ones

Onegin, one of the most popular John Cranko creations thanks to which made by John Cranko owing to whom the thanks Stuttgart Ballet acquired world fame, entered the Bolshoi Theatre repertoire in 2013. Then came a performance in Moscow’s Onegin by Stuttgart Ballet soloists. And, finally, on the eve of Orthodox Christmas the Bolshoi Ballet Onegin soloists were invited to Stuttgart for a return visit: they danced the leads in Onegin with the Stuttgart Company and enjoyed a great success. One can find the evidence on Facebook: “WOW! What a great Onegin performance we were able to enjoy last night at the Opera House!!! Thanks again to the five wonderful dancers from Moscow: Vlasdislav Lantratov, Evgenia Obraztsova, Semyon Chudin, Anna Tikhomirova and Vitaly Biktimirov. You certainly deserved you standing ovations!”

Ballet for Christmas Eve: live broadcasting # 2.

Grimaldi Forum.

Rehearsal at the Bolshoi.
Bolshoi Ballet is going to perform its The Taming of the Shrew in Monaco (December 19-21). The premiere of the ballet choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot took place this summer and made a great success. Expecting the Bolshoi’s visit to Monte-Carlo Jean-Christophe Maillot welcomes the troupe.

Performances of new Bolshoi’s Rigoletto will take place on 14 and 16-21 December.

World ballet stars have nobly agreed to appear in a charity Gala Concert, to be held at the Bolshoi Theatre on 7 December 2014, in support of the Kiev School of Choreography, the School building being urgently in need of renovation. The idea comes from Bolshoi Theatre Prima Ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, who began her ballet education within the walls of the School.

Kingdom of the Shades.

On the eve of the New Year, the Bolshoi Theatre has decided to present a winter fairy tale for children as well as for adults. Namely, The Story of Kai and Gerda — an opera, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, written by the marvelous Petersburg composer Sergei Banevich.
From November 20 till December 7: seven cities and three ballets.
Cast changes:
November 24 (5 pm), Tokyo, Swan Lake: The Evil Genius — Artem Belyakov
November 26 (1.30 pm), Tokyo, Swan Lake: Odette-Odile — Ekaterina Krysanova
November 30 (5 pm), Hamamatsu, Swan Lake: Odette-Odile — Anna Nikulina
December 4 (6.30 pm), Tokyo, La Bayadere: Nikia — Ekaterina Krysanova, Gamzatti — Anna Tikhomirova

Golden Mask, National Theatre Award has announced nominees for 2013/14 season.

The Bolshoi suggests taking the third journey (November 6 & 7) into the age of the baroque with the unique French ensemble Les Arts Florissants — a trailblazer in the sphere of authentic performance.
Bolshoi Theatre Young Opera Programme is Travelling.
The Bolshoi Ballet has taken a record high: the number of viewers who have watched its performances on the big screen has surpassed the million mark!
Bolshoi Ballet on the screens worldwide

French companies Bel Air Classiques and Pathé Live continue direct broadcasting of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet performances. In the 239th season A LEGEND of LOVE will be the first performance viewers across the globe will see. The premiere of the ballet in a renewed version will take place on the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre on October 23. The main cast will perform again on OCTOBER 26. And so it’ll be that very day when the ballet will appear on the screens worldwide. The leading parts will be taken by Maria Allash (Queen Mekhmene Banu), Anna Nikulina (Princess Shireen) & Denis Rodkin (Ferkhad). The full list of cinemas is available on the Pathé Company site. Russian audience will have an opportunity to see the ballet live on the YouTube.

The Bolshoi Theatre held the “Empty Bolshoi” campaign in association with Instagram.

Broadcasting begins at 3 BST.
Australian Ballet | Bolshoi Ballet | The Royal Ballet | The National Ballet of Canada | San Francisco Ballet

Follow #WorldBalletDay on The Bolshoi Theatre social media channels:
Youtube — http://www.youtube.com/user/bolshoi — video live-stream.
Twitter — https://twitter.com/BolshoiOfficial — announcements of upcoming events planned for the broadcast.
Instagram — http://instagram.com/bolshoi_theatre — exclusive shots during all of the broadcast.

Not only followers all over the world are preparing for the long-expected #WorldBalletDay uploading videos with their pirouettes, but The Bolshoi Ballet stars are totally preparing too. Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin shared their expectations of the upcoming live-stream from backstage of The Bolshoi Theatre.
La Traviata. Guest atrists
Luciano Ganci will perform the role of Alfredo on 3 and 5 October.
Suren Maksutov will perform Alfredo on 2 and 4 October.

This is only the second time in its entire history that the Bolshoi has turned its attention to The Maid of Orleans!
Bolshoi Has Announced Plans for New (239th — 2014/15) Season
Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Denisl Rodkin is promoted from the First Soloist to the Leading Soloist; Maria Vinogradova and Igor Tsvirko — from Soloists to the First Soloists; Svetlana Pavlova and Alexander Fadeyechev — from Artists to the Soloists.
The Bolshoi Ballet presents “Don Quixote” at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
La Traviata. Guest atrist
Elena Mosuc will perform the role of Violetta on 18 and 20 July.

This time the Company is to appear at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York.

The Bolshoi is about to present The Taming of the Shrew, a ballet specially created for its Company by the illustrious choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. The superlative ballerina Bernice Coppieters and the eminent French writer Goncourt prize-winner Jean Rouand have participated in the work on the ballet.
Don Carlo. Guest atrist
Dimitri Pittas will make his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre. Mr. Pittas will perform the role of Don Carlo on 25, 27 and 29 June.

In the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, when our theatres and even movie theatres are showcasing the best productions of leading English Companies, it is natural that London’s Royal Ballet should put in an appearance at the Bolshoi Theatre.
On the Bolshoi Theatre Main Stage the Royal Ballet will present a programme of one-act ballets (17 & 18 June) and one full-length ballet Manon (20 June, 2l June [at 1 and 7 p.m.], and 22 June).

Così fan tutte on the Bolshoi Theatre stage!

As per tradition, the Bolshoi Ballet Company will be performing at the Opera House of Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Bolshoi’s Opera Company is to give two concert performances at the Theater an der Wien on 28th (The Tsar’s Bride) and 29th (The Golden Cockerel) April.
The first large scale exhibition dedicated to Fyodor Fyodorovsky at the Tretyakov Gallery
9 April — 3 August

In the Main foyer of the historic building of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, presented to journalists the Theatre’s new Musical Director and Chief Conductor.

The Bolshoi Theatre is celebrating the 200thanniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with a production of Don Carlo, one of the composer’s greatest operas.

The Bolshoi Theatre is marking the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth with a revival of one of its most famous productions of the past ten years — Peter Konwitschny’s The Flying Dutchman.
Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Vladislav Lantratov is promoted from the Leading Soloist to Premier, Olga Smirnova — from the First Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Rodkin — from Soloist to the First Soloist. Anna Okunyova, Yanina Parienko, Artemy BelyakovAnton Savichev became Soloists.
Cast changes

The Bolshoi Opera is to go on tour to Israel for the first time
The Bolshoi Theatre has announced its 238th season
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The Bolshoi theatre premieres Yuri Lyubimov’s new take on a Russian classic opera, Prince Igor.

The Bolshoi Ballet Company’s last visit to Australia was in 1994. It is now to appear with a full scale tour in Brisbane where it is awaited with growing impatience. All the performances will be at one venue QPAC’s (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Lyric Theatre. Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, is one of Australia’s major cities. The organizers are very proud of the ‘exclusive’ nature of this one-off tour and expect up to 24.000 to attend. “It is a huge coup for Brisbane, anybody who has the slightest interest in ballet and its history will be heading to Brisbane”, they say.
After a 121-year (!) absence, Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula, one of the most touching and charming of the bel canto operas, returns to the Bolshoi Theatre repertoire. Opera buffs will certainly appreciate the fact that in the lead will be an opera star with a world-wide reputation, Laura Claycomb, “a coloratura without limit”, as Russian critics have dubbed her.

Bolshoi Theatre obtains legal tools to fight ticket touts.
FROM 28 TO 31 MARCH 2013 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE BOLSHOI THEATRE’S CENTURY OF the RITE of SPRING — CENTURY OF NEW ART FESTIVAL the world première will take place at the Theatre of a new production of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps by the well-known Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova. The new Rite of Spring will form part of a double bill with Mats Ek’s Appartement — another new work in the Ballet Company’s repertoire.
The première of Wayne McGregor’s version of The Rite of Spring is postponed. The new date for this work will be announced once Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company’s Artistic Director, is well enough to resume his duties.
Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Artem Ovcharenko is promoted from the Leading Soloist to Premier, Kristina Kretova — from the First Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Anastasia MeskovaVitaly Biktimirov — from Soloists to the First Soloists. Kristina Karasyova, Yulia Lunkina, Karim Abdullin, Igor Tsvirko became Soloists.

Mr Iksanov, the Bolshoi Theatre Director General, announced the appointment of Galina Stepanenko, the former ballerina of the company, as Interim Bolshoi Ballet Director.

Sketch for stage decoration by A.Sevbo.

A long-expected ballet for children will be premiered on December 21, 22 (12.00 & 19.00) and 23 at the Bolshoi Theatre (New Stage).
Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Pavel Dmitrichenko and Vladislav Lantratov are promoted to the Leading Soloists.

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