Music: The Other Bolshoi

The Bolshoi Ballet is well into its fourth U.S. tour in 16 years. The Moiseyev folk dancers are regular visitors to America. Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich are now residents in the West. What more could Russia possibly offer American audiences? The Bolshoi Opera, for one. Though in recent years the Bolshoi has visited Osaka, Tokyo, Montreal, Paris and Milan, it was not until last week at New York's Metropolitan Opera that the company set foot, props and double bass pins on U.S. soil. Bolshoi means big, and the opera company is...

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