Enchanting. Captivating. Spectacular.
These are the words that come to my mind when I start describing my experience of witnessing one of the best ballet performances in the world – at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. There are certain experiences in life which get etched on your mind and soul forever, and this was indeed the one for me.
The summer of 2018, when me and my husband planned for a trip to Russia, we made sure to dedicate one of the evenings in Moscow to the ballet performance. We had heard a lot about it, even to the extent of people saying that a trip to Moscow is incomplete without a visit to the theatre. Only when we experienced it ourselves, we knew how true they were!
We had researched well in advance of how we would be booking the tickets and had a word with our travel agent to keep the dedicated evening free of any other scheduled activities.
How to book the tickets?
The best way to book the tickets is to directly book it from the official website of the theatre - https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/. The official website lists all the scheduled performances well in advance for the next four months. The booking window of these performances, however, open in slots for a week well before approximately two months from the scheduled performance.
To illustrate, we saw ‘La Bayadere’ ballet on 29th April 2018, so the sale of the tickets for this day opened on February 3rd,2018. That’s when we booked the tickets, well in advance. The point to emphasise the importance of booking so early, is that you won't get the tickets at all post that day or the tickets would be extremely expensive. The other booking portals/agents would arrange the tickets for you, but at a costlier price.
You can send an email to the theatre and they would share the timetable as to when the window for the tickets would be open, so that you can book the best seats at the lowest possible price.
New Stage vs Historic Stage
There are two stages in the theatre, the Historic stage and the New Stage. The Historic stage is more beautiful than the latter, and the tickets are more expensive too. But regardless of the price, this is a place one should go to once in their lifetime. There are ballet and opera performances on both the stages, twice a day.