View your list of saved words. (You can log in using Facebook.)
Theatre complex in Moscow where concerts, opera, ballet, and dramatic works are presented. The institution (whose name means Large) dates back to 1776, when Catherine II licensed a company to give all theatrical performances in Moscow; its scope soon expanded to include opera and dance as well as drama. The original complex was built in 1825; it was rebuilt after a fire in 1853. The performing companies have changed over time, but the institution and the rebuilt edifice have survived.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise. For the full entry on Bolshoi, visit Britannica.com.
Seen & Heard
What made you look up Bolshoi? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.