Culture and Art in Moscow
St. Basil's Cathedral
This cathedral is one of the most interesting and ancient cathedrals in Red Square and it is also famous in its own right as a landmark of Moscow.
For centuries the Moscow Kremlin has been witness to many famous and tragic events in our history. Enemy guns rattled at its walls, and celebrations and revolts took place. Now the Moscow Kremlin is one of the biggest museums in the world.
The Moscow Kremlin is situated in the very centre of the capital of Russia. The collections of the State Historical and Cultural Museum comprise over 60,000 historical, cultural and artistic items. The collection’s valuables have been preserved in the Kremlin for centuries as part of the treasury of Moscow’s great princes and tsars.
Red Square is the main square of Russia’s capital. Its history is inseparably linked with the history of the Kremlin. Red Square witnessed many historical events of major importance. In 1612, its bells rang out to meet the voluntary militia rallied by Minin and Pozharsky; two centuries later, they greeted Kutuzov’s army, which liberated Moscow from Napoleon’s troops. It witnessed the somber parade of 1941, when soldiers marched across the square and went from there straight to the front lines, and the unforgettable victory parade of 1945 with Nazi flags cast on the ground before the Kremlin walls.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre is a famous theatre in Moscow, designed by the architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera. The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are amongst the oldest and greatest ballet and opera companies in the world. The theatre is the parent company of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a world-leading school of ballet.
The Bolshoi has been associated from its beginnings with ballet. Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theatre on Saturday, 4 March 1877. Other staples of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, Adam's Giselle, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Khachaturian's Spartacus.
The opera company specialises in the classics of Russian opera such as Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Glinka's A Life for the Tsar, and Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, as well as the operas of Tchaikovsky. Many operas by western composers are also performed, especially works of Italian composers such as Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini. Until the mid-1990s, most foreign operas were sung in Russian, but Italian and other languages have been heard more frequently on the Bolshoi stage in recent years.
Moscow Contemporary Art Museum
The first museum of contemporary art in Moscow, opened not long ago by Zurab Zereteli – a man that many people don't like for his bad taste. Because he's the one who chooses, the collection is not very diverse, it's mainly composed of figurative paintings. But it's getting better: installations, objects and paintings of contemporary Russian artists are starting to appear.Contact Information
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