Bolshoi takes over Rozhdestvensky’s theatre

The Bolshoi boss Vladimir Urin has been authorised by the Ministry of Culture to take over the Pokrovsky chamber music theatre.

The Pokrovsky’s music director is the venerable Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Urin says: ‘I have an agreement that the closest friend and associate of Pokrovsky, the wonderful conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR Gennady Rozhdestvensky, will remain the musical director.’


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  • I don’t know if this anecdote is known outside Sweden. The name “Rozhdestvensky” sound very awkward for us. He was called “Ronny Svensson” by the orchestra musicians in Stockholm when he conducted here (very often in the 70’s and 80’s).

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