The Bolshoi Theatre site is a useful stop for anyone who wants to learn more about this 160-year-old architectural landmark or its performances and players. The site not only provides a calendar for the season and brief biographies for the current company, but also offers much in the way of historical background and pictures. The About the Bolshoi section is divided into three subsections -- History, Legends, and Architecture -- which together review the basics of the Bolshoi's past. The descriptions are all overwhelmingly positive, supplying a wide-ranging, if uncritical, vision. We are told, for example, that the success of Fedor Fedorovsky, Academician of Painting, is due in large part to his "revelation of the inimitable national character and the power of the people's creative spirit." Nonetheless, the site is a good introduction to an esteemed institution.
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