'The Bolshoi Theatre is the conscience of art, the pride of international culture, it is like a magnet, attracting to its ranks the best creative forces, discovering and bringing to light promising talent' - Galina Ulanova.
The first few pages give an illustrated history of the theatre, followed by a depiction of 15 ballets and 15 operas. There is a synopsis of each and production photos, design sketches, set and costume designs. It is packed with hundreds of superb photographs in color. The binding is a silky deep pink almost red cloth.
A very large volume of 248 pages, lavishly illustrated with colour photographs by Alexander Nevezhin, Georgi Solovyov and Nikolai Rakhmanov. Written by Andrei Zolotov, Alexander Gusev and Yelena Zonona, translated by Sally Patterson.
'The Bolshoi means the greatest, the forefront, the supreme. Even if the theatre has endured certain periods of crisis, the true concept of greatness inherent in the theatre's name has never dimmed in the hearts of those concerned with the fate of our national cuture.' So wrote Dmitri Shostakovich. This magnificent volume presents the classic works which are core to the repertoire and reflects what has changed since the jubilee - the new works and the new performers.