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Bolshoi Theater’s acoustics interfered by Moscow Metro

Published time: October 11, 2011 17:21
Edited time: October 11, 2011 21:21

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Muscovites’ usual transportation routes will soon be blocked – all for the sake of theatrical art.

The Moscow Metro has announced that the central section of the green line will be temporarily closed in November. All the stations between Belorusskaya and Novokuznetskaya will be affected.

The reason for the closure is the need to insulate the Bolshoi Theater from the noise of the subway. The specialists found out that the vibrations caused by passing trains interfere with the theater’s acoustics. No wonder: the distance between the theater’s hall and the Teatralnaya metro station is around 40 meters.

To tackle the problem, the theater hired German acoustics pros who came up with a special insulation scheme for the Bolshoi.

The head of the theater’s reconstruction pointed out that the hall is already well insulated, but the team is still going to install the extra sound protection proposed by their German colleagues.

The closure is scheduled for the last two weekends of November. Special bus services will be operating on those days.