Placido’s Choice

Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company soloist Dinara Alieva has won 3rd prize at the annual Operalia World Opera Competition, founded and led by the famous singer and conductor, Placido Domingo. This year for the first time the Operalia was held in Milan. The final round took place on La Scala stage, the competitors being accompanied by the Theatre’s orchestra. Dinara Alieva, a young native of Baku, has had an extremely impressive career both professionally and in terms of her performance at competitions. This is the 6th competition in her life. And at all of the contests which preceded it, she had an equal success.

Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet

Natalya Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev have been promoted to the rank of premier dancers, they learnt of this in Peking where, at the present time, they are on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet Company. The announcement of this official recognition of their services was made at the end of their performance in Don Quixote — their star turn ballet, which brought the house down in Peking.
The world recognition which has engulfed these two young dancers anticipated their ascent up the career ladder which, even so, was unprecedentedly rapid. In so far as concerns Ivan Vasiliev, he has been promoted straight from First Soloist to Principal Dancer, skipping the intervening rank.


The Bolshoi will be on tour in Peking from 24 April to 5 May.
Performances will take place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Opera Hall which has a seating capacity for 2400. The Centre, which opened in 2007, is a contemporary architecture icon in the Chinese capital.


Romeo and Juliet is one of the most frequently performed plays in the world and that goes for the ballet version too. When it is long absent from the repertoire, both public and performers yearn for it. This spring the Bolshoi is presenting the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s famous ballet in a production by Yuri Grigorovich. The Maestro’s first Romeo at the Bolshoi was in 1979, but since then a lot of water has gone under the bridge. There has virtually been a complete turn-over in Company members and the new dancers are temperamental and ’technical’ in the new manner. We refer to this premiere as “a major revival” of the former production though, in effect, it amounts to a new version.

Bolshoi Theatre to Celebrate Jubilee of the Legendary Vladimir Vasiliev

In honor of the great dancer there will be a performance of Giselle, in his version. The title role will be danced by Marianna Ryzhkina and Myrtha by Galina Stepanenko (debut). Both ballerinas were pupils of the late Yekaterina Maximova. The Bolshoi Theatre congratulates Vladimir Vasiliev on the Liberty prize which has just been presented to him in New York. The prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the development of Russian-American cultural relations. We also congratulate Mr Vasiliev on his forthcoming birthday (April 18).


Hallberg’s Bolshoi debut will be in Giselle. Natalia Osipova will dance the title role.

For the attention of television and radio journalists
A briefing devoted to the upcoming premiere of ROMEO AND JULIET will be held on Sunday, April, 18 at 11 a.m.
In the briefing will take part choreographer Yuri Grigorovich and performers of the title roles.
Admittance via New Stage Entrance No. 14

Please, apply for accreditation in advance by fax + 7 495 692 33 67 or e-mail pr@bolshoi.ru


As Nikia.

Among the candidates for the title best female dancer 2009 is Bolshoi Theatre prima-ballerina, Maria Alexandrova.

The Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus Season Ticket Concerts at the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire continue with a concert performance of Verdi’s Otello. It forms part of the program for the Mstislav Rostropovich Week in Moscow Festival, to be held for the first time in the capital from 27 March to 2 April. The Festival has been organized on the personal initiative of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and the Government of Moscow.

Bolshoi at the Kremlin Palace
Bolshoi is to perform on the stage of the State Kremlin Palace. Two performances of Don Quixote — will run on March 15 and 16.

Spectator's been captured by our Spartacus in Kennedy Center
This is the letter addressed to our site:
Just a note from an admirer. I saw Spartacus at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC USA on February 16th. Bravo! Perhaps the best choreographed and danced ballet I have ever seen. The leads and the Corps were excellent - perfection! You have more than lived up to the sterling reputation of the Bolshoi. Kudos to all and I think Ivan Vasiliev has the makings of a new ballet legend.

Bolshoi Ballet welcomes a new dancer from January, 2010. Mikhail Lobukhin, Mariynsky Theatre Ballet leading soloist, joins as Principal.

Ivan Vasiliev
appears as Nutcracker-Prince for the first time (beginning at 12 pm).

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