Bolshoi Theatre Announces 246th Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Bolshoi Theatre has announced plans for its 246th season.

The new season will include seven new opera productions and three ballet productions. For this article, we will highlight the opera productions and vocal highlights.


The first new productions will be staged at the Pokrovsky Chamber Stage. The double-bill will feature “Maddalena” by Sergei Prokofiev and “L’Heure espagnole” by Maurice Ravel. Alexei Vereshchagin conducts while Vladislavs Nastavševs directs.

Premiere Date: Oct. 14, 2021

Semyon Spivak will stage Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Tugan Sokhiev conducting.

Premiere Date: Nov. 3, 2021

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner will receive a new production by François Girard. The production is part of a cooperation agreement with the Metropolitan Opera. Evan Rogister conducts.

Premiere Date: Feb. 24, 2022

Antonio Salieri’s “Falstaff” will make a rare appearance in Moscow in a production by Alexander Khukhlin.

Premiere Date: March 10, 2022

“Linda di Chamounix” by Gaetano Donizetti will be conducted by Anton Grishanin and directed by Roman Feodori.

Premiere Date: June 9, 2022

Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina will return to the Historic Stage with conductor Tugan Sokhiev leading a new production by renowned director Simon McBurney.

Premiere Date: June 22, 2022


The Bolshoi will provide its venues for two opera competitions. The first of the two will be Operalia and will feature Plácido Domingo conducting.

Performance Dates: Oct. 18–24, 2021

The Bolshoi will celebrate the 95th anniversary of Galina Vishnevskaya. The performance will include Soloists of Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.

Performance Date: Oct. 25, 2021

The second competition will be the Competizione dell’Opera.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2-5, 2022