Opera: Soulful Giant

Bolshoi means "big" in Russian, and Moscow's Bolshoi Opera more than lives up to its name. Last week, visiting the Western Hemisphere for the first time in its 191-year history, the Bolshoi rolled into Montreal's Expo 67 with 193 tons of scenery and accessories, five tons of special food, 99 instrumentalists, 95 choristers, 48 soloists, 50 dancers, and 127 staff workers and extras (including six female stagehands). And this was a mere splinter group from the 3,000-member company back home.

Accustomed to performing on a stage of brobdingnagian proportions (70 ft. wide by 78 ft. deep), the company practically had...

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