Bolshoi’s Music Director Resigns, Saying Art Comes First

“The music director of Moscow’s renowned Bolshoi Theater resigned suddenly on Monday, throwing the future of the institution’s grand $1 billion rebuild into chaos. Alexander Vedernikov, who had struggled for eight years to raise standards and inject new life into Russia’s best-known international music theater, announced his decision on the opening day of the Bolshoi’s summer tour of Italy.”