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Troubled Bolshoi presents new musical director

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:31 AM
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Bolshoi Theatre music director Tugan Sokhiev speaks with journalists in the theatre in Moscow, on Jan 20, 2014. The Theatre on Monday presented its new musical director who has been appointed to help restore the tarnished reputation of the scandal-ridden theatre. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - The Bolshoi Theatre on Monday presented its new musical director who has been appointed to help restore the tarnished reputation of the scandal-ridden theatre.

Tugan Sokhiev, a 36-year-old conductor who studied in Saint Petersburg, is currently musical director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin).

On Monday, the Bolshoi's general director Vladimir Urin presented Sokhiev to journalists, calling him "one of the most in-demand young conductors in the West". Sokhiev succeeds 66-year-old Vasily Sinyaisky, who suddenly resigned in December, two weeks before he was due to conduct a much-anticipated new staging of Verdi's opera Don Carlos.

"This is an impeccable choice that will improve the Bolshoi's image.

 
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