For decades Moscow has had a reputation as a city of
theatres. The birth plays of the historic "Bolshoy", "Maly" and
"Moscow Art" theatres the city has been and steel is a centre for
the development exploretary modern ideas in the dramatic art and
is famous for it's great number of highlygifted, interesting
directors, actors, playwrigts and artists.
Every evening the doors of Moscow theatres open to streams
of theatre-gowers. The best Moscow theatres devoded themselves to
developing the principals of directing and acting laid down by
Stanislavsky, Meerhold, Nemerovich-Danchenko, Vachtangov and
others. The discoveries and successes of Moscow theatres today
exists due to experience and triumphs of preceding generations.
I'd like to tell you about the Bolshoy Theatre. The magestic
building of the Bolshoy Theatre stands in Theatre Square in
Moscow's central quater, not far from Kremlin. This is the
leading Russian opera house with the best vocalists and
choreographers in it's company.
The Bolshoi traces it's history to 1776 when a standing
opera company was organized in Moscow. The first opera shown in
Bolshoi theatre was opera "life of tsar" (now "Ivan Susanin").At
later times operas by Dargomyzhsky, Serov, Tcaikovsky, Borodin,
Moussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rubinstein were produced here.
At the same time the Bolshoi company staged the best operas
and ballets by West European composers-Mozart, Rossini, Weber,
Verdi and others.
The bolshoi ballet company enjoys well-deserved fame as the
world's finest. This is equally true of it's brilliant realistic
style of perfomance and repertoire.