Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre provokes a scandal

With the first production in its reopened historic home which was booed and whistled by part of the opening night audience despite praise from critics, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre has provoked a scandal.

The new production of Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila — a love story based on a poem by Pushkin is the first in the restored Bolshoi Theatre which reopened with a gala last week after remaining closed for six years.

In his vision, Russian director Dmitry Chernyakov made no efforts to please traditionalists about what some see as Russia’s national opera which received its premiere on Wednesday night.

The opera opens in period dress and decor with a display of almost dazzlingly kitsch colours in a bright blue hall.

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