It’s been a tough year for us with adapting to a new country I didn’t choose to live in and many other events that happened throughout the year which made it a year that I can’t wait to end so we can begin 2013 with hope and faith that all will be better.
I haven’t asked for much living here……in Dubai shopping was amazing and 30% cheaper than Moscow. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel was not a stranger to my shopping and gift list. But moving to Moscow made me realized those hay days were gone and we needed to tighten the purse strings.
All I wanted was two tickets to the new Bolshoi that went under renovations and was closed for 6 years and re-opened late last year just in time for our arrival.
Getting tickets was another story……unless you were a Russian citizen it was virtually impossible….. Nutcracker, Swan Lake were only for the elite Russians. We tried various internet ticket sites with no luck and gave up after three months of trying.
A year later the Greek made my dreams come true. I dropped hints that my Nordic walking friend had been to the Bolshoi and bought the tickets on http://www.bolshoi.ru with great success.
I casually mentioned this to the Greek and before I knew it we had second row from the front in the orchestra stalls and were going to see Puccini’s “Turnadot” on the 12th of the 12th 2012.
The Greek always tries his best at making my dreams come true and this was yet another example. So for any expat living here or tourists visiting tickets can be found on the website http://www.bolshoi.com with a little perseverance and sensibility.
It will display all operas and ballets showing availability. It can be a hit and miss with some tickets being only one seat here and there and if you persevere you can find two together. Prices start from 3000 rubles (US$100) upwards and you will receive an email confirmation that you then present to the ticket office to collect your tickets, which we did an hour before the show. The doors open one hour before so its good to get there early and head to level seven for a champagne before the show.
We spent three hours with two intermissions which gave me the opportunity to show the Greek around this amazing building as I had already been on the Bolshoi Tour two weeks prior. You are free to roam from level to level and the staff were helpful and welcoming.
Below are a few photos we were able to take of our special night. Overall a great cultural experience full of Russia at its best. A must do if you get the opportunity.