At the Bolshoi, the Hammer and Sickle Finally Come Down

Classic Arts News   At the Bolshoi, the Hammer and Sickle Finally Come Down
Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre has removed the Soviet-era hammer and sickle from its fa‹ade, Austria's ORF reports, citing the Russian news agency Interfax.

The Soviet symbol, which also included a red star and a globe, was removed as the Bolshoi carried out a three-year, $700 million renovation. It will be replaced with the Russian Federation's double-sided eagle.

The renovation also includes new stage machinery, cloakrooms, and escalators. The original acoustics in the main auditorium, which were badly damaged by a renovation in the 1950s, will be restored.

During construction, the Bolshoi's opera and ballet companies are performing in a new, second theater and at other venues. The original theater, which dated from 1825, is scheduled to reopen in 2008.

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