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Bolshoi Theater in Moscow to Reopen After Six-Year Closure

Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The Bolshoi in Moscow will hold a gala performance Friday evening, officially reopening after a six year renovation.

The special performance on Friday will be attended by President Dmitri Medvedev and other dignitaries, and will feature stars of the opera and dance world. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu and prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova are scheduled to perform.

The Bolshoi's stage was completed in 1824, and has seen the premieres of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov," and Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District."

The Bolshoi garnered headlines in the United States recently for hiring an American to join its ballet company. David Hallberg, a 29-year-old from South Dakota, will start his first season with the Bolshoi on Nov. 4. He is the first foreign dancer to become a Bolshoi ballet principal.

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