- March 29, 2015
Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Boris Mezdrich fired from his job after a scandal with the production of the opera “Tannhauser”.
The Russian news agency referred to the appropriate order signed by the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medina.
In an interview with the radio station Echo of Moscow “Mezdrich said that is not going to appeal against the decision to dismiss.
The new director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet appointed the current director of the St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre Vladimir Kehman.
” I’m going to combine the two positions – Director Michael and Director Novosibirsk Theatre “- quoted Kehmana agency” Interfax “.
Vladimir Kehman – well-known Russian businessman and philanthropist who made his fortune by trading imported fruit. Since 2007, he headed the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Kehman donated to the restoration of the theater 500 million rubles, and also attracted to the work at the Mikhailovsky Theatre of famous teachers and performers, as Elena Obraztsova, Farukh Ruzimatov, Nacho Duato, Peter Feranec and Mikhail Messerer.
It is known that the new director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre has previously been awarded several orders of the Russian Orthodox Church, including the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
” prayerful state “
The opera by Richard Wagner” Tannhäuser “directed by young director Timothy Kuljabina was moved to the present: the protagonist appears as a filmmaker, filmmaking of unknown sinful life of Jesus Christ.
This interpretation has caused mass protests of Orthodox believers.
On Sunday in Novosibirsk passed the so-called “standing prayer” against Wagner, attended by over a thousand people. It is reported that the shares to demand the resignation Mezdricha attended a State Duma deputy Nikolai Valuev.
Earlier Novosibirsk diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church sent an open letter to the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medina with the requirement to exclude from the repertoire of the Novosibirsk Opera opera “Tannhauser”.
The Ministry of Culture of Russia considered that “certain elements” opera “Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner in the formulation of the Novosibirsk Theatre should change, and the creative team should apologize to those whose feelings were hurt.
Earlier, the director of “Tannhauser” Join the artistic director of the Moscow theater “Lenk” Mark Zakharov General Director of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin.
The two invited him to put in his performances. Kuljabina supported by other figures of Russian culture.
The applicant addressed to the prosecutor, Metropolitan of Novosibirsk and Berdsk Tikhon, who himself did not see the play. Hierarch in this case explained that not a fan of Wagner and prefers Soviet songs of the war years.
February 24 prosecutor’s office opened an administrative action under the deliberate public desecration of religious or theological literature and objects of worship.
Timothy Kulyabin and Boris Mezdrich accused of deliberate public desecration religious symbols.
The head of administration of the Novosibirsk Region Vladimir Gorodetsky said that in the opera “Tannhäuser” directed by Timothy Kuljabina probably have “elements of immorality,” but opposed the intervention of law enforcement agencies in the conflict.
March 10 the court dismissed the case against the Novosibirsk director Timothy Kuljabina in connection with the production of the opera “Tannhauser” by Richard Wagner.
The judge also ruled that the actions of the director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Boris Mezdricha not constitute offense.
In turn, Novosibirsk prosecutors announced its intention to appeal against the decision to close the proceedings against Kuljabina and Mezdricha.