Bolshoi Ballet to Appear at Metropolitan Opera in July

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The Bolshoi Ballet will open a tour of North America with two weeks of performances at the Metropolitan Opera in July.

The Met performances, which begin on July 18, are the Moscow company's first at the opera house since 1987 and its first in New York in five years.

They include two North American premieres. The Bright Stream, with music by Shostakovich and choreography by Bolshoi director Fyodor Lopukhov, premiered in 1936 but was quickly banned by Soviet authorities; it was not seen again until 2003. Marius Petipa's 1862 The Pharoah's Daughter, which was abandoned by the company in the 1920s, has been reconstructed by Pierre Lacotte, the French choreographer who recreated Taglioni's La Sylphide and other 19th-century works.

Also on the program is Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus and Petipa and Alexander Gorsky's Don Quixote, in a new version by former Bolshoi director Alexei Fadeyechev.

After the Met performances, the company travels to the Mann Center in Philadelphia and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. A tour schedule is below.

July 18-30: Metropolitan Opera, New York
August 2-3: Mann Center, Philadelphia
August 5-6: Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 9-14: Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

Tickets for Bolshoi at the Metropolitan Opera House are available at the Met box office, at, and at (212) 362-6000.

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