Moscow.A long-awaited event gathered millions of high
art lovers around the world for the official opening of the historical
stage of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. President of
Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended the
event. The gala concert featured artists of the Bolshoi and guest
stars such as Monica Bellucci.
“Today the Bolshoi Theatre is the cultural symbol of Moscow,
national treasure and historical heritage of the country”, says
Peter Kronschnabl, President of BMW Group Russia. “We are happy
to be testimonials in this grand historical moment: long-awaited
reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre which is the pride of all Russian people.”
BMW Group Russia acted as the official partner of the festive
ceremony and provided a fleet of 20 BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series Gran
Turismo to the guests of the evening.
“We are enormously grateful to BMW Group for the long-term
support they have been providing to the Bolshoi Theatre, especially
during the period when this historic building was closed for
reconstruction. Today is the day when we return to the stage and we
are happy to share this glorious moment with our old friend and
partner — BMW Group”, said Anatoly Iksanov, General
Director of the Bolshoi Theatre.
The Bolshoi Theatre was closed for more than six years. Since July 2,
2005, the historic building of the Bolshoi Theatre underwent a
reconstruction. Thanks to the large-scale works the theatre facility
area doubled, the interiors regained their former appearance, the
acoustics and technical equipment in all rooms have improved significantly.
The Bolshoi Theatre was established in 1776 by the order of Russian
Empress Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Russians
called her just Ekaterina II. The years of her governance are named as
golden age in the history of the Russian Empire.
Millions of people around the world followed the official opening of
the historic theatre. The broadcast of the evening was available free
of charge to people in 36 countries, and in addition to that, it was
streamed at the official channel of the Bolshoi on YouTube.
Cooperation between BMW Group and the Bolshoi Theatre.
The cooperation between the German company and the main
theatre of Russia began over seven years ago. Since 2004, the BMW
Group supports all the Bolshoi Theatre premieres, including
masterpieces such as “The Flying Dutchman”,
“Midsummer Night's Dream”, “Lady Macbeth”,
“Falstaff” and “War and Peace”. These
performances are admired by audiences around the world.
Support for the arts and collaboration with outstanding creative
teams always remain very important for the BMW Group. “Creating
a car involves inspiration and creativity of all employees of the
company”, says Peter Kronschnabl, President of BMW Group Russia.
“So we want BMW cars not only be seen as automobiles with
In 2011 the BMW Group is celebrating 40 years of international
cultural commitment. For 40 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and
engaged in more than 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on modern and
contemporary art, jazz and classical music as well as architecture and