Bolshoi Theatre Honors Gennady Rozhdestvensky

By Francisco Salazar

The Bolshoi Theatre honored conductor, teacher, pianist, composer, and musical public figure Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

The theater unveiled a plaque in his name on March 14 and the musician’s widow, National Artist of Russia Victoria Postnikova, the Bolshoi General Director Vladimir Urin, Rector of the Moscow Conservatory Alexander Sokolov, Chief Conductor of the State Academic Symphony Capella of Russia Valery Polyansky and the Head of the Moscow Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky.

Rozhdestvensky was a conductor at the Bolshoi from 1951–60 and 1978–82. During the 1965–70 period, he was the chief conductor and during the 2000-01 season, he was the general artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Bolshoi Theatre has come under fire during this past year for canceling artists who have spoken out agains the war in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin also proposed that the company be untied with the Mariinsky Theatre and become one entity.