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29 Oct 2013

Belarus’ Bolshoi Theater branches out into Gomel

MINSK, 29 October (BelTA) – The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus is expanding into Gomel. The agreement on its new branch was signed by Vladimir Gridyushko, Director General of the Opera and Ballet Theater, and Ivan Kovalenko, director of the cultural and sports center at Gomel Office of the Belarusian Railways, BelTA learnt from the theater.

According to the five-year document, the Bolshoi Theater will stage plays and concert programs at the cultural center of railway workers.

The official opening of the Gomel branch is slated for 30 October. The cultural center with the capacity of over 1,000 people will see the gem of the classic ballet repertoire: Swan Lake by Piotr Tchaikovsky.

The first branch of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus was opened in Mogilev in December 2011. The Opera and Ballet theater company showed a number of plays and they were a great success. Among them were Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Carmen, Giselle, and many others.

In April 2012 the theater’s second branch was opened in Novopolotsk with a big gala concert. The cultural center of OAO Naftan and the urban cultural center played host to a series of concerts, opera and ballet plays including Polovtzian Dances, Three Little Pigs, Strauss Invites, and others.

Alongside with such big events as the opera and ballet festival, Evenings of the Bolshoi Theater in the Radziwill Castle, Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum, Big New Year’s Ball, the branch-out project of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater are an integral part of its educational and social mission.

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