Escape from the Bolshoi

Escape from the Bolshoi


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2022

Ilya Silchukou, principal baritone at the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk, lost his career in August 2020 when he joined a protest on the theatre steps against the fraudulent election of the Putin-backed Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

It has taken him two years to get his wife and children out of Belarus. They now occupy a small apartment in Boston.

Next weekend Silchuko will give his US debut recital there.

The Boston Globe has more.

These are Ilya’s protest videos.


  • Claudio says:

    The 2020 protest has claimed the best people of Minsk Bolshoi theatre, hope Ilya will be fine in US and find the best way develop his career.