Dec 13 2012

The Bolshoi Retains Its Operatic Legend

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A visit to the Bolshoi Theater provides evidence that not much has changed. The performance is sold out, and an army of scalpers offers tickets at five to ten times face value. A Russian classic is staged on massive sets, sung by powerful voices that might not be terribly welcome abroad yet somehow seem right here. At intermission, many people speak English or German, a reminder that foreigners make up much of the audience.

bolshThe activity at the Bolshoi is characteristic of the city at large. Moscow retains its fast pace. Some fancy boutiques, especially in the lavish, new underground mall near the Kremlin known as the Manezh, have closed, but