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Russia: New season gets underway at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre 03:23

Russia: New season gets underway at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 11, 2020 at 12:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

A play named ‘Four Characters in Search of a Plot’ was put on stage at the Bolshoi in Moscow on Thursday several days after the theatre opened for its 245th season.

The performance consists of four one-act ballets and was prepared during the COVID-19 pandemic. The play features musical compositions by prominent Russian composers Mikhail Glinka and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, US composer David Lang, Spanish composer Enrique Granados and Estonian composer Arvo Part.

"To me, personally, it is a totally perfect opening of the season. The programme is not banal; there is almost every actor from the repertory company present. We thought that is would be something like a light-regime, but this is a fully-fledged play, which we hope will become a part of the repertoire,” said Olga, one of the visitors, after the end of the performance.

The theatre staff pays extra attention to safety measures: before the play, guests go through a temperature screening. There is also a mandatory mask requirement in the building while every second chair is left unoccupied.

The opening of the season was conducted on September 6. On this date the ‘Don Carlos’ opera was performed. However on September 10, the Bolshoi decided to show its ‘Four characters in search of a plot’ instead due to a positive COVID-19 test by a ‘Don Carlos’ actor.

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A play named ‘Four Characters in Search of a Plot’ was put on stage at the Bolshoi in Moscow on Thursday several days after the theatre opened for its 245th season.

The performance consists of four one-act ballets and was prepared during the COVID-19 pandemic. The play features musical compositions by prominent Russian composers Mikhail Glinka and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, US composer David Lang, Spanish composer Enrique Granados and Estonian composer Arvo Part.

"To me, personally, it is a totally perfect opening of the season. The programme is not banal; there is almost every actor from the repertory company present. We thought that is would be something like a light-regime, but this is a fully-fledged play, which we hope will become a part of the repertoire,” said Olga, one of the visitors, after the end of the performance.

The theatre staff pays extra attention to safety measures: before the play, guests go through a temperature screening. There is also a mandatory mask requirement in the building while every second chair is left unoccupied.

The opening of the season was conducted on September 6. On this date the ‘Don Carlos’ opera was performed. However on September 10, the Bolshoi decided to show its ‘Four characters in search of a plot’ instead due to a positive COVID-19 test by a ‘Don Carlos’ actor.

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