According to my 1986 tour souvenir booklet, Olga's listed as an "Honored Artist of the Russian Socialist Federalist Soviet Republic." According to another site she's a 1983 People's Artist. If the latter is true, that title was bestowed during the old regime. Is Putin "upgrading" artists' titles that were received during that era
If Olga is considered a "keeper," I don't necessarily see that as a drawback. She has been a coach for at least as long as her husband was head of the company. But, apart from some superior but unjustly lower-ranked females, (for example, Maya Dumchenko in her early years), to date, her "masterpiece" has been the over-promoted Somova. This doesn't inpsire confidence. Based on Olga's apparent track record as Somova's mentor-coach, it's obvious that her pedagogical skills are at the very least, eh hem, negligible. On the other hand, Olga may be, in fact
, an excellent & intuitive coach,
who in spite of doing due diligence, has a "star" protegee who: A) Refuses to listen to directions, B) Refuses to follow instructions,
C) Simply can't execute, D) Is perpetually inconsistent, or E) All of the Above. If this were a multiple choice test, I'd choose 'E.'
Maryinsky prima - I'm an eyewitness to that fact. But the intervening years have shown that her diamond brilliance as a Prima hasn't translated into being a great coach, however influential her power in the company. If she's given opportunities to resume teaching & polish up her "rusty" company class, she'd do the least
amount of damage > MO.
I'm grateful that Fateev was considered at all. The choice could've always been worse! Time will tell. We'll see.