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New tragedy for Bolshoi as violinist dies in orchestra fall

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre was Wednesday mourning a new tragedy after a senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit, the Moscow company's spokeswoman said. Violinist Viktor Sedov, 65, a veteran of the ballet and opera house's orchestra for four decades, fell into the pit where the orchestra sits just below the stage during performances. His death comes as the Bolshoi, one of the world's greatest theatres, is still reeling from the acid attack earlier this year on the artistic director of its ballet troupe Sergei Filin which has left him with almost no sight.

Vladimir Urin: theatre visionary with nerves of steel

Vladimir Urin, the man who was appointed Tuesday as the new Bolshoi Theatre director, is a respected manager who turned a small obscure music theatre called Stanislavsky into a must-stop venue for the art scene. The 66-year-old now faces an uphill battle after being placed at the helm of Russia's historic theatre and charged with rescuing its reputation following a string of scandals and infighting of the vast troupe.

Russia fires Bolshoi Theatre director after scandals

The Russian government on Tuesday sacked the head of the Bolshoi Theatre following a series of scandals including an horrific acid attack on its artistic director in January. The dramatic move to fire director Anatoly Iksanov after 13 years at the helm of the fabled venue appears to be the government's attempt to restore order in a theatre that has in recent years been plagued by internal divisions, rivalries and scandals. "Without question, the theatre needs renewal," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told a news conference.

Russia fires Bolshoi Theatre director after scandals

The Russian government on Tuesday sacked the head of the Bolshoi Theatre following a series of scandals including the horrific acid attack on its artistic director in January. The dramatic move to fire long-serving director Anatoly Iksanov appears to be the government's attempt to restore order in a theatre that has in recent years been torn by internal divisions, rivalries and scandals. "Without question, the (theatre) needs renewal," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told a news conference.

Russia fires Bolshoi Theatre director after scandals

Russian officials on Tuesday announced the sacking of Bolshoi Theatre director Anatoly Iksanov following a series of scandals including the horrific January acid attack on its artistic director. "Without question, the (Bolshoi) theatre needs renewal," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky reporters. "Our actions are not spontaneous." The long-serving theatre head is being replaced by Vladimir Urin of Moscow's Stanislavsky ant Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, he said, adding that he was confident that Urin "can unite the Bolshoi Theatre's team".

Bolshoi ballerina quits Pushkin production in protest

The Bolshoi's star ballerina has refused to take part in a production of Alexander Pushkin's novel "Eugene Onegin" in a dispute over her leading role, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Svetlana Zakharova, one of Russia's most famous ballerinas, "will not dance 'Onegin'," spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told AFP, in what media reports have suggested is a tantrum over her failure to be cast on opening night. Zakharova was shown on television rehearsing for the role of Tatiana in choreographer John Cranko's reinterpretation of the 19th-century verse novel, but has now gone to ground.

Russia's Bolshoi ballet chief left nearly blind by acid attack

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, burned in an acid attack allegedly masterminded by a dancer, is nearly blind despite 18 operations to save his sight, a theatre spokeswoman said on Thursday. The attack on Sergei Filin, which exposed poisonous rivalries over roles, power and pay at the theatre, has cast a long shadow over Russia's premier cultural symbol, from which it is still struggling to escape.

Bolshoi's Filin almost blind after attack

The Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, who had acid thrown on his face in a horrific assault this year, is almost blind, the Russian theatre's spokeswoman said Thursday. "We spoke three days ago, and Sergei said that he can't see at all in one eye and has 10 percent eyesight in the other one," said the Bolshoi theatre spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. "His doctors don't want to publicly discuss this or give any prognoses. Their job is to save his sight," she added, speaking during a press-conference about the theatre's upcoming season.

Bolshoi acid attack victim 'cannot see with either eye'

The Bolshoi ballet artistic director who suffered eye and skin damage in a horrifying acid attack in January still cannot see with either eye, his lawyer said Thursday, suggesting that his state of health is worse than predicted by doctors. "As of today, Sergei Filin cannot see either with his left or right eye," his lawyer Tatyana Stukalova told the Izvestia daily in an interview published Thursday, adding that she was citing an expert medical assessment submitted to the investigation into the attack.

Bolshoi star charged in acid attack detained till June

A Russian court on Tuesday ordered a soloist in the Bolshoi ballet suspected of ordering a horrific acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin to stay behind bars until at least June 18, rejecting a petition for him to be freed. The judge extended the arrest of leading Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko for the investigation to finish, agreeing with the prosecution's arguments that he has been charged with a serious crime and constitutes a flight risk.
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