When living in Moscow, this is a must go. At least one time. The building is an incredible beauty in itself and has a unique grandeur. And the performances are at the top of world-class. Do not let high prices and the necessity to buy tickets long in advance scare you. Your experience will be worth it!
As you probably know Bolshoi has both the original “historic stage” as well as a new stage in a separate neighboring building. Of course the historic stage is the most popular and attractive one, so tickets to the ballets on the historic stage are quite expensive. To get the best deal we advise you to buy tickets only from the official Bolshoi Theater page. https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/. The sales starts approximately 3 months in advance and then you have a chance to get tickets at the best price. Of course stalls and amphitheater seats will be the best options, but consider also the first rows on dress circle, first gallery circle or second gallery circle. In these circle seats, we recommend you to select seats located as much in the center in front of the stage as possible. Furthermore, it is good to know that prices for operas on the historic stage are more affordable compared to the prices of ballets. The Bolshoi opera productions are also of top quality and we definitely recommend to choose something with a Russian theme for the complete experience. As the new stage might not have the same beauty and charm as the historic stage, it still offers wonderful opera and ballet productions. And they are very reasonably priced! So prepare your visit to Bolshoi Theater well in advance to find an option which you can afford and enjoy!
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