The Bolshoi loses its music director and leading conductor.
The New York Times
Vassily Sinaisky, a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory who has headed the Bolshoi’s music program since 2010, resigned after speaking privately with the theater’s director, Vladimir Urin, on Monday, said Katerina Novikova, the press secretary for the Bolshoi Theater. In an interview with a the state-run RIA Novosti news service, Mr. Urin did not say why Mr. Sinaisky left, but it was suggested that he was being courted by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, which short-listed Mr. Sinaisky for a position as musical director in October.
Urin did not elaborate on the reason for the resignation, but said it came two weeks before the expected first night of an opera in which Sinaisky was both the musical director and the conductor.
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.