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Bolshoi Theater conductor quits

July 15, 2009|Associated Press

The conductor of Russia's famed Bolshoi Theater told news agencies he is resigning because bureaucrats are obstructing his creative work.

Alexander Vedernikov's resignation announcement is the latest blow to the august theater, whose main building has been closed for four years for a reconstruction project that's running far behind schedule.

Vedernikov announced his resignation plan on Monday in Milan, Italy, where the orchestra and opera company are appearing. Interfax on Tuesday cited him as saying, "In the Bolshoi Theater we have a bureaucratic government . . . that leads to bureaucrats wanting to decide creative questions too."

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