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The theatre all lit up ahead of its gala reopening.
Honour guards stand in front of the Bolshoi Theatre, which is illuminated for its gala opening.
Another angle of honour guards standing in front of the Bolshoi Theatre.
The exterior facade of the Bolshoi Theater, restored to its original imperial splendour.
The crowd gathers to watch a live broadcast of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's speech at the gala opening of the Bolshoi Theatre.
A close up of honour guards stand in front of the stunning Bolshoi Theater illuminated for the gala opening.
A chandelier hangs over the main hall in the Bolshoi Theatre.
The Tsar's Box in the main hall. President Dmitry Medvedev sat here at the gala opening.
The main hall of the Bolshoi Theatre.
A beautiful chandelier hangs over the stage and main hall.
The vestibule of the Bolshoi Theatre.
A view of the vestibule and staircases of the theatre.
Another angle of the vestibule of the Bolshoi Theatre.
A new underground facility at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the gala opening of the Bolshoi Theatre.
The conductor's assistant guides the orchestra during the sound check before a dress rehearsal of 'Ruslan and Ludmila' by Mikhail Glinka on the main stage of the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre.
An assistant conductor guides the orchestra during a sound check before the dress rehearsal.
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the orchestra during the dress rehearsal on the newly renovated main stage.
Vladimir Jurowski conducts an orchestra during the dress rehearsal of 'Ruslan and Ludmila'
Artists perform during the dress rehearsal.