Winning conductor walks out on his jobNews
The gifted Belorussian conductor Dmitry Matvienko who won the Malko Competition earlier this year has quit the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.
He writes: ‘Today I learned that while I was on tour that I was agreed on last May, I was REMOVED from the production of Samson and Delilah…The current leadership of the theatre believed that 1.5 months of my participation in the production is too small….I consider these actions to be very mean and I do not see a chance to stay in this theatre…’
Local observers note Matvienko’s departure follows a mass exodus of Belarusian artists from the theatre. Over the last season, conductors Vyacheslav Volich and Andrei Galanov, singer Ilya Silchukov, pianist Regina Sarkisova, violinist Alla Dzhigan, violist Alexandra Potemina and choirmaster Ivan Titov were dismissed. The contracts of People’s Artist Vladimir Petrov and singers Natalya Akinina and Ekaterina Golovleva were not renewed.