General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin and General Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Jan Strandholm agreed to keep cooperating. Last summer the Bolshoi’s tour to Finland was a great success. The Bolshoi performed two productions in Savonlinna – Iolanta and Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. A return visit of Finnish Opera Festival to Moscow will be held at the beginning of the next season.
Lilian Hochhauser becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Over sixty years, in partnership with her husband Victor Hochhauser, she has been a partner of the Bolshoi, organizing guest tours of the theatre’s ballet company. The first guest tour in Britain – indeed the very first large-scale foreign guest tour of the Bolshoi Ballet took place in London in 1956. It was a triumph for all. The company acquired world famous and established itself as the Bolshoi Ballet, the tour became legendary and marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the theatre and the Hokhausers.