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The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Comes to Your Living Room

The Bolshoi Theatre will broadcast

Operas and Ballet Performances on YouTube


For the first time in history, Russia’s Bolshoi Theater is going digital. On Friday, it began to livestream several of its most popular opera and ballet performances, also known as the “Golden Collection,” on its official YouTube channel, allowing viewers around the world to tune in. This announcement also coincides with World Theatre Day.

A total of six performances will be livestreamed, from the 27th of March to the 10th of April. The first broadcast will be the legendary ballet Swan Lake. While all performances have been pre-recorded, fans will feel the excitement and feeling of opening night by tuning in to watch each broadcast using YouTube’s Premiere feature. For fans who are unable to watch in real time, each performance will be available on demand for 24 hours after its initial broadcast.

“Our country, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a very difficult time” said Vladmir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre.“ We’ve never faced this type of situation before and since we had to close the theater we didn’t want to lose our connection with our audience. Theatre is deeply moving and is a rich experience, and although we cannot perform in front of live audiences, we’re excited to share our performances digitally. It’s been a lot of hard work on our part to make this happen, but we hope these performances will lift peoples spirits and support the well-being of all who tune into the Bolshoi.”

Each performance will premiere at 7 p.m. Moscow time (which is the same time in Kuwait). Viewers who subscribe to the channel will receive an alert and will be able to participate in a live chat for the performance. The comments section will also remain open after each performance so viewers can discuss upcoming shows.

Broadcast Schedule: 7 pm CET

27 March
Swan Lake (2015), ballet in two acts

28 March
The Sleeping Beauty (2011), ballet in two acts

1 April
The Tsar’s Bride (2018), opera in four acts

4 April
Marco Spada (2014), ballet in three acts

7 April
Boris Godunov (2019), opera in four acts

10 April
The Nutcracker (2014), ballet in two acts



Katerina Izmailova, opera in four acts



The Bright Stream, ballet in two acts

Archival playbill is available in Russian only.

The main cast: Zina – Svetlana Lunkina, Pyotr – Mikhail Lobukhin,

Ballerina – Maria Alexandrova, Ballet Dancer – Ruslan Skvortsov.



Don Quixote, ballet in three acts



Sadko, opera in seven scenes

Homage to Dmitri Tcherniakov


* Each performance – we firmly follow tradition – will still begin at 7 pm Moscow/Kuwait time. Streaming will be in ‘premiere’ mode which means you cannot be late! In order to receive a reminder about upcoming performance, you need to subscribe to the official YouTube channel of the Bolshoi. Access to the video of each performance will be granted within 24 hours after the end of the premiere.


Source: https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/

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