Maid of Orleans to relaunch rocky Bolshoi

The Russian press are reporting that the new music director, Tugan Sokhiev, has chosen one of Tchaikovsky’s less-known operas to open his first season in September.

The tradition, lapsed in recent years, is that the Bolshoi must open with a Russian work. In Soviet times, it was always Ivan Susanin, by Glinka.

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