The Bolshoi Theatre is Open Again

Or, Dima Looks Good in a Tux

Dima's looking good, but his wife looks unhappy.
The Bolshoi Theatre is finally open for the first time in six years. This is reason one thousand or so why I need to go back to Russia very, very soon. The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article:

After six years of a painstaking $700-million-plus restoration that was plagued by financial scandals, the historic Russian State Academic Bolshoi Theatre reopened Friday with a gala concert attended by politicians and celebrities from all over the world.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened the gala, which was broadcast live on a screen outside the theater, on Russian television, the Internet and in movie theaters in 36 countries. Top Russian and foreign opera and ballet stars, including Violeta Urmana, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Natalie Dessay, performed in the two-hour long concert. The exterior of the theater was elaborately illuminated in different designs.

In his opening speech, Medvedev called the Bolshoi “one of our greatest national brands.”

Speaking about the restoration of the Bolshoi, which has burned down and suffered bombing throughout its 235-year history, Medvedev said the country “has always found the money to keep the Bolshoi in such a proper condition.”

Looking at the official website, I see that Credit Suisse is an official sponsor of the Bolshoi. Who knew?

And seriously, doesn’t Medvedev look adorable in that photo up above? I don’t know why his wife looks so unhappy – I’d kill to attend a performance at the Bolshoi!