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Travel with the Met: Backstage at the Bolshoi

Vanessa Hagerbaumer, Senior Special Events Officer

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Backstage at the Bolshoi

The Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. Photograph by Vanessa Hagerbaumer

«In 1776, while America was starting a revolution, the Russians were building the Bolshoi Theater.» The Bolshoi was first created as a private theater under Catherine the Great. Pictured here is the Tsar's Box of the main stage, used as a private viewing area for Tsars, Tsarinas, and their important guests. Four and a half kilograms of gold gild the opulent balconies.

Earlier this week, our Travel with the Met group enjoyed a backstage tour of the Bolshoi and spoke with a dancer who had been training in ballet since he was four. Later that night, we saw him perform in an enthusiastically received performance of Giselle.

About Travel with the Met

The Travel with the Met program invites art lovers to gain new insights and fresh perspectives on art and culture. Itineraries are offered year-round to more than two dozen exciting destinations. Learn more about Travel with the Met.

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Vanessa Hagerbaumer is the Museum's senior special events officer.

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