The contoversial opera "Children of Rosenthal" has now had it's premiere in Moscow and there is a detailed response to the protests that this work is causing on the BBC web site today. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4375215.stm
I was very uneasy about the remark that:
Last year's London tour was booed by the audience and received a very poor press.
This must refer to the single dance critic who claimed he heard booing on the first night of the Bolshoi Ballet's new version of Romeo and Juliet by Declan Donnellan. At the time I questioned whether there was booing as I had heard none, and my opinion was shared by a number of letter writers to the Guardian (including one from the theatre critic Michael Billington) they also maintained that there was no booing, in fact the response to the work from the audience was particularly warm.
I have to say that writing off the Bolshoi's London season as a failure strikes me as both highly irresponsible and totally inaccurate. There is a lot of opposition in Russia to the current Bolshoi management's forward thinking ideas and it looks like a an unsubstantiated claim by an isolated London critic has given the detractors a stick to beat them with.
One last thought, doesn't the action of book burning absolutely chill the heart?