The 195th jubilee of the grand opening of the Bolshoi Theater modern building is celebrated on January 18, 2020

On January 18, 1825, the grand opening of the new Petrovsky Theater (the modern building of the Bolshoi Theater) took place - the new building was much larger than the burned-away old one, and therefore it was called the Bolshoi Petrovsky theater.

The theater opened with the performance “The Triumph of Muses” - a prologue in verses by M. Dmitriev, music by Friedrich Scholz, Alexander Alyabyev and Alexey Verstovsky. The plot in allegorical form described how the Genius of Russia, team up with muses and created a new Theater from the ruins of the burned-down Bolshoi Petrovsky Theater directed by Maddox.

More details about the history of the theater in the section "Articles and Reviews" and at the website of the Bolshoi Theater.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the new Petrovsky Theater (the Bolshoi Theater) opening, we prepared a musical selection of recordings of opera singers that served in the Bolshoi Theater troupe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The recorded works are stored in the museum Collection musical library, digitized from Audio-technica player.