Bolshoi's Artistic Director Attacked with Acid in Moscow

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Russian police say Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns after a masked man threw acid in his face.

The attack happened late yesterday as Filin, an award-winning ballet star, was walking home in central Moscow. Doctors are now fighting to save his eyesight.

A Bolshoi spokesman said Filin had suffered months of threats, including punctured tires on his car. His cell phone and email accounts had been hacked and some personal emails were published.

It is suspected that he was the victim of infighting between different groups of dancers at the Bolshoi.

Filin became artistic director at the Bolshoi in 2011. His hiring of an American, David Hallberg, as principal dancer is rumored to be behind the defection of two Bolshoi dancers to a lesser-known company in St. Petersburg.

The title of Principal Dancer has traditionally gone to Russian-trained dancers. Infighting and intrigue are nothing new at the Bolshoi. The New York Times reports that Filin's predecessor as artistic director wrote on his Facebook page that the attack was not "a coincidence." He wished Filin a "swift recovery."

An official at the Bolshoi Theatre said Filin would likely be sent overseas for treatment, probably to either Germany or Israel.



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Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

It is nothing new in the twin worlds of professional actors who assume aggressive airs and politicians who act out their greedy acquisitiveness with complete disregard for the facts and moral, ethical standards. One must
sympathize with those who regard competition from outside their own country as unfair no matter how superior that talent might be. Many of the American opera singers who have made it big at the MET OPERA would never have been accorded a contract without the vital experience of performing in European opera companies. Sure, there is consternation by the European countries's talented singers that their limited options to sing in their native land is foreclosed on them by foreigners however talented. I know whereof I speak. I am concerned that the classical music field, in particular the opera, is not what it should be and must be to be constructively competitive. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. One of my websites is

Jan. 18 2013 06:41 PM

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