Music director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre quits

Posted on: December 3, 2013

An unsigned AFP article on Monday (12/2) reads, “The music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi theatre, Vassily Sinaisky, has quit, the theatre’s spokeswoman said Monday, the latest blow to befall the legendary theatre.… The decision is effective immediately…. Sinaisky, who has been the Bolshoi’s leading conductor since 2010, was due to conduct Verdi’s opera Don Carlos … at the theatre in two weeks. His resignation also comes on the eve of a verdict Tuesday in the trial of former Bolshoi ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for masterminding an acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin…. Sinaisky, 66, … is [also] a principal conductor in the Malmo Symphony Orchestra and chief guest conductor with the BBC Philharmonic. Sinaisky’s abrupt departure comes as a surprise. Only recently he enthusiastically talked about the theatre’s production plans, and in October, he conducted the premiere of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman to mostly positive reviews. His name was also listed recently among the people in the running for the post of chief conductor of the Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra.” A Tuesday (12/3) article at the New York Times carries the news that Dmitrichenko has been sentenced to six years in jail for the acid attack.

Posted December 3, 2013