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Politicians, models and ballerinas gathered at a gala concert on Friday night to celebrate the reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow after a renovation that took six years to complete.

 Politicians, models and ballerinas gathered at a gala concert on Friday night to celebrate the reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow after a renovation that took six years to complete.

© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankPoliticians, models and ballerinas gathered at a gala concert on Friday night to celebrate the reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow after a renovation that took six years to complete.

The lavish event started when a choir dressed as building workers launched into an aria from Mikhail Glinka’s Ivan Susanin and culminated in an adagio from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, featuring principal ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. It also included performances from French soprano Natalia Dessay and Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana.
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Politicians, models and ballerinas gathered at a gala concert on Friday night to celebrate the reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow after a renovation that took six years to complete.

The lavish event started when a choir dressed as building workers launched into an aria from Mikhail Glinka’s Ivan Susanin and culminated in an adagio from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, featuring principal ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. It also included performances from French soprano Natalia Dessay and Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankIvan Vasilyev became the youngest dancer ever to play the role of Spartacus in Aram Khachaturian's Spartacus.
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Ivan Vasilyev became the youngest dancer ever to play the role of Spartacus in Aram Khachaturian's Spartacus.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankBaritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky sang an aria from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades.
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Baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky sang an aria from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankThe two-hour program also included a performance from ballerina Natalia Osipova.
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The two-hour program also included a performance from ballerina Natalia Osipova.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankAlexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances featured a hammer and sickle on the main stage’s curtain, a nod to the Soviet era, when the Bolshoi hosted party conferences as well as ballet.
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Alexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances featured a hammer and sickle on the main stage’s curtain, a nod to the Soviet era, when the Bolshoi hosted party conferences as well as ballet.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankAlexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances featured a hammer and sickle on the main stage’s curtain, a nod to the Soviet era, when the Bolshoi hosted party conferences as well as ballet.
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Alexander Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances featured a hammer and sickle on the main stage’s curtain, a nod to the Soviet era, when the Bolshoi hosted party conferences as well as ballet.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankThe gala also included Shostakovich’s tango from the Golden Age ballet, featuring Nina Kaptsova and Pavel Dmitrichenko.
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The gala also included Shostakovich’s tango from the Golden Age ballet, featuring Nina Kaptsova and Pavel Dmitrichenko.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankStage lights and decorations changed throughout the night. The show also featured video installations.
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Stage lights and decorations changed throughout the night. The show also featured video installations.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the photo bankThe show ended with an artist come-together on the stage to a standing ovation from the audience.
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The show ended with an artist come-together on the stage to a standing ovation from the audience.
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