Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R), his wife Svetlana Medvedeva (L), Russian opera singer Elena  Obraztsova (R)  and the theatre’s artistic director Sergei Filin (2nd L)  attend the re-opening ceremony of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, on  October 28, 2011. Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theatre finally lifted its  curtain Friday after a six year closure for reconstruction that aimed to  restore the former glory of its imperial splendour and artistic  reputation.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R), his wife Svetlana Medvedeva (L), Russian opera singer Elena Obraztsova (R) and the theatre’s artistic director Sergei Filin (2nd L) attend the re-opening ceremony of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, on October 28, 2011. Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theatre finally lifted its curtain Friday after a six year closure for reconstruction that aimed to restore the former glory of its imperial splendour and artistic reputation.