Mr. Hallberg said Ms. Smirnova was “very brave” to leave the Bolshoi, given she wasn’t just leaving a company, but an institution that “was in her DNA.” Ms. Smirnova is not the only high-profile artist to leave Russia. On the day war began, Alexei Ratmansky, ballet’s pre-eminent choreographer and aContinue Reading

Beyond Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin is also fighting cultural battles. In a speech on Friday from the nondescript, beige-walled office in which he has been conducting much of his public business this month, Mr. Putin made no mention of Ukraine. Instead, he expanded upon a personal obsession: “cancel culture.”Continue Reading

A prominent Russian conductor said on Sunday that he would resign from his positions with two orchestras — at the storied Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and in Toulouse, France — after facing intense pressure to condemn President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The conductor, Tugan Sokhiev, hadContinue Reading

A performer was killed during an opera performance at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on Saturday when there was an accident during a scene change, the theater said. The man, in his late 30s, was working as an extra in a production of the opera “Sadko,” by the Russian composerContinue Reading