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#1 Alayna

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

According to Russian news sources, Iksanov has been fired from his post as General Director of The Bolshoi.  So far I haven't seen any reasons given for his dismissal.

 

http://izvestia.ru/news/553322



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:41 AM

It was noted that when Nikolai Tsiskaridze appeared at the Bakhrushin Theatrical Museum last week he seemed to be in a very good mood and strangely undistressed about his dismissal from the Bolshoi. A few journalists speculated that he must have known something everyone else did not.

http://www.ng.ru/wee.../7_culture.html



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:42 AM

According to Russian news sources, Iksanov has been fired from his post as General Director of The Bolshoi.  So far I haven't seen any reasons given for his dismissal.

 

http://izvestia.ru/news/553322

 

I hope this leads to a real audit of the Bolshoi renovation financials and it won't be long until the main culprits are behind bars. It's also interesting to see whether or not Tsiskaridze is rehired, what happens to the Onegin casting schedule, in what capacity (if any) Filin returns after his recovery, etc., etc. The Bolshoi is such a horrible mess at this point that I almost feel sorry for whoever replaces Iksanov (some Russian news sources mention the director of the Stanislavsky theater Urin).

 

P.S. And, of course, it's pretty hard to believe that Iksanov's removal immediately following a conflict with an ex-MP and member of the ruling party Svetlana Zakharova is just a coincidence.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:50 AM

It was noted that when Nikolai Tsiskaridze appeared at the Bakhrushin Theatrical Museum last week he seemed to be in a very good mood and strangely undistressed about his dismissal from the Bolshoi. A few journalists speculated that he must have known something everyone else did not.

http://www.ng.ru/wee.../7_culture.html

 

Perhaps he felt like an enormous gorilla had been removed from his back.  ;)



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:28 PM

 

 

According to Russian news sources, Iksanov has been fired from his post as General Director of The Bolshoi.  So far I haven't seen any reasons given for his dismissal.

 

http://izvestia.ru/news/553322

 

I hope this leads to a real audit of the Bolshoi renovation financials and it won't be long until the main culprits are behind bars. It's also interesting to see whether or not Tsiskaridze is rehired, what happens to the Onegin casting schedule, in what capacity (if any) Filin returns after his recovery, etc., etc. The Bolshoi is such a horrible mess at this point that I almost feel sorry for whoever replaces Iksanov (some Russian news sources mention the director of the Stanislavsky theater Urin).

 

P.S. And, of course, it's pretty hard to believe that Iksanov's removal immediately following a conflict with an ex-MP and member of the ruling party Svetlana Zakharova is just a coincidence.

 

"I'm surprised; but I haven't been taken by surprise."  Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

 

I'm ITA with you Waelsung.  She may be influential backstage, but personally I don't think Zakharova is that swift -despite the fact that she was one of the faces of the United Russia Party and an MP.  Who would dare want the post of General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre?  Who would dare forward their CV?  Whoever is on the short list to replace Iksanov I for one am beg.gif  that it isn't Maestro Gergiev ...(or his Mini Me). 



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

The second article mentions that Mikhail Messerer has signed a contract through 2017 to be AD at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and is considering hiring Anzhelina Vorontsov (the young blonde protege of Nikolai Tsiskaridze).  Also, Basil Barkhatov has been hired at the "Mikh" as AD for opera.  

 

http://www.ng.ru/wee.../7_culture.html

I'm not sure how reliable this source is?  Can anyone confirm?  For all we know, this link is Russia's Daily Mail)

 

Machine Translation:

The most sensational in this series - the appointment of the Opera Company artistic director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Basil Barkhatov.
 
According to the director of the theater Vladimir Kehman, the proposal he made Barkhatov two years ago, but now the director comes to the corps, having experience at the Mikhailovsky - just last Saturday sang the premiere of "The Flying Dutchman". Having started briskly and cheerfully - after the debut of "Helikon-Opera", with just gitisovskoy bench - Velvet immediately began to put the Mariinsky Theatre, was invited by Valery Gergiev (well, or at the theater and can not be), he recent years caused a less optimistic. His "Die Fledermaus" at the Bolshoi criticized, perhaps, not in unison, but many - hard. But now, apparently before the director opened up new strategic spaces.
 
There, in St. Michael, appeared last week and the new artistic director of the ballet - and everyone in the theater is also a well-known Mikhail Messerer. Some time ago, he has led the Mikhailovsky Ballet, then at some time lost to this honorable mission Nacho Duato and voila - all returned to their former places.
 
However, Messerer instantly became famous sensational statement: the Mikhailovsky Theatre ready to take on the work of Angelina Vorontsov, was fired from the Bolshoi Theatre pupil of Nikolai Tsiskaridze - all over the leaves, and the Mikhailovsky Theatre Vladimir Kehman personally do not compete with the Mariinsky (which would make more sense), but only with Big (the Bolshoi). The contract with Messerer signed before 2017, news agencies reported, but as it happened - life, as they say, will tell.

 

 

I've always thought that "bolshoi" should be more justly be translated as "grand" rather than "big".  Theatres in the west generally use the term "grand" - as in "grand jete"



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 02:57 PM

Izvestia now says Vladimir Urin is the replacement.  He is the current CEO of the Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko

 

http://izvestia.ru/news/553322



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:35 PM

Ismene Brown tweeted the news:

 

#Bolshoi bloodletting contd: general director Iksanov out, Stanislavsky chief Urin takes over. Gergiev ws offered, but too dictatorial. Mfl

 

 

According to various Internet slang sources "MFL" means "Marked for later."

 

Here is Vladimir Urin's bio from the Stanislavsky Theatre website:

 

http://www.stanmus.c...rson.html?id=88

 

He was appointed General Director in 1995, which includes the time when Filin was AD of the ballet.  He has a lot of theater background and experience, and I wonder if this will impact the productions at the Bolshoi Opera. 



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

ITAR-TASS sources in the Ministry of Culture say that three possible candidates other than Urin include former Minister of Culture Mikhail Shvydkoy, Bolshoi Trustee Alexander Budberg and Vladimir Vasiliev, whom Iksanov had replaced 13 years ago.

http://www.itar-tass.../c1/800734.html



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:49 PM

That's too bad:  I thought they had moved quickly to avoid a power vacuum.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:07 PM

Izvestia now says Vladimir Urin is the replacement.  He is the current CEO of the Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko

 

http://izvestia.ru/news/553322

There is a longer story about this news, Anatoly Ixanov followed Tsiskaridze, on another page.
http://izvestia.ru/news/553326

In the story Urin, Filin, Zakharova, Tsiskaridze, Volochkova, … are all mentioned. The writer also lauds Ixanov for building creative art-programs.   (Using Google translator, the story is readable.)
 



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

There are a couple of interesting details in that story. First, that Valery Gergiev was supposedly offered directorship of the Bolshoi, and he was willing to take it, on the condition that he could also keep his post at the Mariinsky. (Good Lord.) Secondly, that people within the Bolshoi were genuinely surprised by the suddenness of the decision to fire Iksanov. In particular, Boris Akimov questions the wisdom of making such a change on the eve of the premiere of Onegin and the Bolshoi's London tour.



#13 Helene

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:34 PM

Using machine translations (Google and bing), I'm still not sure I understand the reference to Zahkarova, because I thought it was the Cranko stagers who decided on whether and when Zakharova would dance Tatiana, with Filin's stamp of approval.

#14 volcanohunter

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 04:59 PM

Perhaps the suggestion is that Iksanov should not have allowed the situation to reach the point of Zakharova demonstratively leaving the production. The next paragraph notes that whatever conflicts may exist within the Stanislavsky, Urin manages to keep them under wraps.



#15 Helene

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:49 PM

I'm not sure what would have kept Zakharova in the production:  either the Cranko people wanted Zakharova for the first performance of the role or they didn't.   It seems that the only option Iksanov would have had was to overrule the Cranko people, in which case they could leave and take the ballet with them.




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