Bolshoi eliminates star director

Bolshoi eliminates star director


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2023

The Bolshoi Theatre has cancelled a May revival of Kirill Serebrennikov’s 2015 ballet production A Hero of Our Time.

The reason? ‘After February 24, 2022, Kirill Serebrennikov repeatedly made anti-war statements. In March 2022, the director left Russia.’


  • PS says:

    Is Gergiev running the Bolshoi yet?

  • MMcGrath says:

    Are we surprised? Just check out his thoughts on Russia in his recent productions in the west.

  • Liliana Couto says:

    Better to him

  • Nina says:

    He left Russia on March 2022. The Bolshoi Theater is a state theater whose budget is taxpayers’ money.
    His “anti-war statements” was the decisive reason, but in reality he is just a thief and an unprofessional. Officials, as always, lack a reason, and corrupt judges lack evidence.
    In total, 200,000,000 rubles (about $2,500,000) were stolen from taxpayers’ money (in 2014-2014, years before the 2022′ events).
    In his current status, anti-war statements are not about “peace and love” but an attempt to build a career that he will never have outside of Russia. Only here it was possible not to pay taxes for years and “legitimately” steal money from budgetary cultural institutions.

  • Nina says:

    correction: about stealing money – from 2011 to 2014

  • Save the MET says:

    All the best ballet talent left Russia. With the cost of this war, it is shocking they can still mount productions there.

  • Trojan says:

    He stands up