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Nov 01, 2011
The Bolshoi Theater's Glamorous Resortation - Architectural Digest

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater is a glamorous survivor. The 1824 neoclassical icon has weathered fires, the Luftwaffe, and the indignities of Soviet renovations; by 2005 a damaged foundation threatened its very existence. “The place was falling apart,” recalls dancer David Hallberg, an experienced performer there who recently joined the Bolshoi Ballet as its first American principal. “There were cats living under the stage that you could hear when you were dancing.” Over the past six years, an army of contractors racked up an operatic $760 million bill battling two centuries of decay. Now the auditorium sparkles thanks to a medieval gilding recipe that includes vodka and gold—while glorious new acoustics and a hydraulic stage mean the cats have found another home. The lights went up again on October 28. bolshoi.ru

   
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