The Ministry of Culture has dismissed the director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre of Boris Mezdricha, refused to close the performance of “Tannhauser”. His place was taken by the importer of fruits and director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Kehman.
The intruder foundations
Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Boris Mezdrich received March 29 order of dismissal, told RBC First Deputy Minister Culture Vladimir Aristarkhov. On the stage of the theater director Vladimir Kulyabin staged “Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner, the interpretation of which was criticized by the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (ROC) and the requirement of “United Russia” to dismiss the leadership of the opera.
Aristarkhov brought on Sunday Novosibirsk Minister Vladimir Medina order of dismissal Mezdricha and appointment of a new head of the Novosibirsk Opera Vladimir Kehmana. “It is unacceptable for the budget money to stage performances that violates moral principles, dividing communities. It did not work and relieve the tension, nothing was done to resolve the conflict, did not listen to us “, – explained the position of the Ministry of Culture Aristarkhov RBC. He stressed that Mezdrich not made a public apology and did not give up a few scenes of the opera. But one concession Theater under the direction of Mezdricha still went recognizes Aristarkhov – refused to show the poster, which depicts Jesus on the background of the thighs of Venus. Mezdrich did not respond to calls RBC. Earlier in support Mezdricha were such theatrical figures as Lev Dodin, Valery Fokin, Mark Zakharov, Oleg Tabakov, Alexander Kalyagin, Yevgeny Mironov, Andrei Mighty and Galina Volchek.
Aristarkhov also said he expects that the ROC cease to require conflict resolution in court and collect street protests. On Sunday, a rally was held in Novosibirsk “protect the shrine – save Russia,” per share, according to the publication “Tayga.Info” came more than a thousand people.
The Metropolitan of Novosibirsk and Berdsk Tikhon, first stating that Wagner’s opera Kulyabin violates the rights of believers, the rally did not come, although in a recent sermon called “Christ-’all those who miss the action.
The banana business
New Director Kehmana team Novosibirsk Theatre Opera and Ballet will present on Tuesday, April 1st. Kehman March 13 public hearing on the situation of “Tannhauser” in the Ministry of Culture demanded the resignation Mezdricha, expressed solidarity with the faithful. “I as a believer, baptism, orthodox, as a Jew, take it as an insult,” – he said the Ministry of Culture. Kehman will combine management Novosibirsk Opera as director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Theater, he not only saved from bankruptcy, but also brought it in order, says Deputy Minister of Culture.
Kehman came to the Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2007. Then he was invited to the role of artistic director Elena Obraztsova. But in the first year of leadership Kehman canceled the premiere of “Eugene Onegin” and dismissed the director Alexander Sokurov, soon left the theater and exemplary. How to write “Vedomosti”, the theater brought Kehmana with Vladimir Putin: the then Prime Minister in May 2010, came to the Mikhailovsky Theatre concert, hosted by the fund “Give Life”. The theater soon became the prime minister’s grant – 137 million rubles. annually until 2015.
Outside the theater Kehman has been known since the mid-1990s as the founder of the company for the importation of fruits, especially bananas Joint Fruit Company (JFC). In 2008, the turnover of JFC was $ 700 million. JFC Kehmana – the only one of the three largest Russian importers of bananas that could survive the crisis of 2008-2009. However, in early 2012, the parent group and several holding companies had filed for bankruptcy. According to “Vedomosti”, the reason for the bankruptcy was the unfortunate development business group founder. Group debt is estimated at no less than 15 billion rubles. In 2012, a London court acknowledged Kehmana individual bankrupt. In December 2012 at the request of the Interior Ministry investigators Sberbank was prosecuted for fraud. In October last year Kehmanu was charged with theft of borrowings from Sberbank.
Kehman on Sunday at the RBC calls not answered.
Purpose recalls political scientist, chief editor of “Russian Journal” Alexander Morozov, “Soviet personnel policy”: Kehman, on the one hand, “is the St. Petersburg art public”, and on the other hand, at the same time is “hard-line party».