I write this because I've never had SUCH a hard time finding what is presumably legitimate Bolshoi main stage tickets. I won't know til the day of the show whether my tickets are indeed legitimate but want to share what I found out researching thus far because not many ppl have detailed their buying process with exact costs etc...
Husband and I are visiting Moscow for a few days in April en route to some other destinations, and figured we should check out ballet at the Bolshoi.
The prevailing advice is "buy at box office" ...but if you've tried you'll know it's quite impossible for the popular ones..on popular days..
We started looking for tickets in january when the tickets hadn't been released yet and kept checking back on the official website however either we missed it or they all sold out, Lord only knows. We were attempting to buy Ivan the terrible tickets for april 20 saturday.
I e-mailed the address on official website and they gave me a very helpful response of :"you can buy tickets in cash on the day of the show" ....mm..seriously..? - -;
Some ppl have said try buying it from touts the day of the show. However really didn't want to take that risk and get vertigo seats.
So then started scouring the web.
Obviously operaandballet.com (something like that) is the one that everyone seems to mention and heavily sponsored on google.
But prices seemed ludicrous. I get that tickets are hard to come by, but I don't plan on buying overpriced tickets just because it's "convenient".
To be specific our budget: 10,000 RUB per person (350 usd)
I e-mailed our hotel concierge (hyatt) and while they were fabulous at getting back to me, they quoted me 10,000 RUB (350 usd) per ticket for 2nd circle balcony (which is 3rd floor) (plus i would have to pay 5% for credit card use)
This was much better than most websites which were quoting about 450 usd for same level seats.
I looked up more websites and boxoffice.bolshoi.org seemed to be offering better prices...but their website is unlike other websites in that you have to put in your contact and they respond back to you.
I put in my info and never heard back. a week later I tried again. This time I got an email saying they have 1st circle balcony seats row 1 for 10,000 RUB (350usd) and that if satisfied I would have 3 days to purchase through a link where credit card info is entered.
This price included delivery to anywhere in moscow and service charge and credit card use charge.
I started PMing people on tripadvisor who had been to bolshoi recently and seem to be situated in Moscow and couple people had used e-bilet.ru. Turns out boxoffice.bolshoi.org is same company because same skype.
I want to mention I also called the office but the lady that picked up spoke no english whatsoever and I no russian so after some awkward "english?" "nyet" ..repeated few times.. I hung up : (
However Marina who appears to be the manager there responded to my e-mailed questions within a few days (yes not the fastest turn around, but considering the time difference, not bad). Her english is sufficient in written form.
At the moment they have confirmed my payment and have told me my tickets will be delivered to the Hyatt the day before the show.
So for those of you wondering whether boxoffice.bolshoi.org is a legitimate website.. i think so?
Will post whether we successfully received our tickets when we return... : P