USSR commemorative Gold Coins
Series: Russian Ballet.
Dancing Ballerina (Bolshoy Theatre).
Par : 100 rubles
Release Date: 01.10.1991
Mint: Leningrad Mint (LМD).
|Metal, fineness||Gold 999 / 1000|
|Content chemically pure metal, g||15.55|
|Total weight, g||15.72|
|The edge||240 corrugations.|
The Bolshoi Theatre's original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, while the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886), was called the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.
The Moscow theatre was inaugurated on 18 January 1825 with a performance of Fernando Sor's ballet, Cendrillon. Initially, it presented only Russian works, but foreign composers entered the repertoire starting around 1840. A fire in 1853 caused extensive damage; reconstruction was carried out by Alberto Cavos, son of Catterino Cavos, an opera composer. The theater reopened in 1856. During World War II, the theatre was damaged by a bomb, but it was promptly repaired.
The Bolshoi has been the site of many historic premieres including Tchaikovsky's The Voyevoda and Mazeppa, and Rachmaninoff's Aleko.
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