Bolshoi Theatre has always been and remains one of the major symbols of our great nation and its culture. The only way for the Bolshoi to stand for its name is to facilitate steady and fast artistic growth based on all of the development factors: internal and external, traditional and modern, national and international. The history of music theatre development worldwide has proved that steady and rapid development of the theatre company has to be warranted by the high quality productions that are comparable to the highest international standards. This requires new ideas and new approaches to creative work as well as new technological level on the production side.

Bolshoi has proved in the last three years that it is capable of challenging itself artistically, and meeting such challenges. Among the major productions of the recent seasons are operas Khovanschina by Modest Musorgsky, The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka, Mazepa by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky, The Gambler and The Angel of Fire by Sergei Prokofiev, Adriana Lecouvreur by F. Cilea, The Force of Destiny and Macbeth by G. Verdi. The Flying Dutchman by R. Wagner, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by D. Shostakovich; and ballets The Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky, The Legend of Love by A. Melikov, Raymonda by A. Glazunov, The Bright Stream by D. Shostakovich, Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev, The Queen of Spades and Notre-Dames de Paris by Roland Petit, one-act ballet by George Balanchine and modern Russian choreographers..

Since the beginning of the 21st century, after a long break, the theatre repertoire started including the masterpieces of Russian composers of the 20th century seen nowadays as the national classical heritage. In the recent years the Bolshoi has introduced the audiences to the operas The Gambler and The Fire Angel by Sergei Prokofiev, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitry Shostakovich. as well as to the ballet The Bright Stream by Dmitry Shostakovich. Soon another opera by Sergei Prokofiev, War and Peace, will join the repertoire. In the centennial year of Dmitry Shostakovich all three of his ballets, The Bright Stream, The Bolt, and The Golden Age, will be represented in the playbill of the Bolshoi for the first time in history.

As part of its day-to-day activities Bolshoi is continuously developing numerous educational projects. The Gurre Songs by Sch?nberg has been premiered in Moscow for the first time; The Damnation of Faust, a dramatic legend by Hector Berlioz, was presented in concert setting; 15 concerts of the prominent ensembles and soloists took place as part of the Chamber Series at the Bolshoi. The recent revival of the Bolshoi Symphony concert series at the New Stage as well as the Grand Hall of Moscow Philharmonics has gained tremendous popularity among the audience.

The success of our touring performances is hard to overestimate. Bolshoi Ballet has performed in London and Paris; the orchestra and chorus have traveled to Spain and Portugal; the opera company has been seen in Warsaw and Riga.

We have managed to reestablish productive partnership with the National Opera in Paris, with Covent Garden and La Scala, with Polish and Latvian National Opera Theatres, and with the Florentine May Music Festival among others. For the first time in Russian history we have co-produced The Flying Dutchman with Bayerische Staatsoper, one of the major European opera companies.

Bolshoi has received the State Award for Arts for its prodiction of The Queen of Spades and was honored with five Golden Mask National Theatre Awards for the productions of The Queen of Spades, The Rake's Progress and The Bright Stream. Dmitry Chernyakov, the director of The Rake's Progress, was the first music theatre director to receive the prestigious Stanislavsky Award.

The crucial phase of the renovation of the Bolshoi historic building started in September 2004. The preparations took many months, and the advance of the renovation will now be visible to each and every audience member. Between September 2005 and December 2007 Bolshoi performances in Moscow will take place only at the New Stage. It is expected that the company will be able to start using both the Main Stage and the New Stage in 2007-08 season.

The renovation of the Bolshoi is aimed at preservation of the historic architectural ensemble of the theatre. The goal of the stage equipment renovation is to facilitate the creation of the world-class productions at the Bolshoi. Some world's major theatres, such as La Scala and Covent Garden, have undergone similar renovation recently. Without jeopardizing any of the exemplary artistic values these companies have managed to bring their stage equipment and technology to the level that meets demand and expectations of the world's leading conductors, directors, designers and choreographers producing with regards to producing highest quality theatre at the beginning of the 21st century.

After competing the renovation the Bolshoi will be able to equally participate in the advancement of world theatre while preserve the glorious traditions of the Russian opera and ballet. It will become the powerful symbol of the new Russia that every Russian could be proud of.

The new phase of renovation of the historic premises occupied by that Bolshoi poses a major challenge for the leadership of the theatre. Their goal at hand is to preserve and further develop the artistic advancement of the renowned company without compromising the frequency of performances and the intensive schedule of new productions of Russian and Western masterpieces. In 2006 Bolshoi will be engaged in the major touring arrangement, Bolshoi to Russia, that will take company's major productions to various Russian cities.

The Management of the Bolshoi would like to make it very clear that the full-range artistic activities of the company will not in any way be compromised by the ongoing renovation of the premises. The main objective here is to ensure the artistic growth of no. 1 theatre in the nation by maintaining the intensive performance schedule and intensifying new production activities.
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