Russia's Bolshoi theatre set to reopen after renovations
A hall inside the building of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Monday, April 25, 2011. (AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Published Monday, April 25, 2011 8:50AM EDT
MOSCOW - After years of reconstruction amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud, Russia's Bolshoi Theater is ready to reopen in its czarist-era, violin-shaped form.
Construction company Summa Capital said Monday the theatre will reopen in October in its original, 1825 design, with czarist insignia and additional underground stages.
The 1825 building was damaged by fires and a Nazi bombing. The Communists used the theatre for party gatherings and expanded the hall, damaging the acoustics.
In 2005, the theatre closed for reconstruction that authorities said cost at least $660 million. Investigators said in 2009 that millions of dollars have been misspent by a subcontractor.
Productions by the famed Bolshoi ballet and opera corps have continued at a nearby auxiliary theatre.