Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday that the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will make its New York debut this July, giving two concert performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1899 opera The Tsar’s Bride, in Avery Fisher Hall. The Russian company's visit forms the centerpiece of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival.
The residency will also feature the Bolshoi Ballet company performing three ballets in the David H. Koch Theater: Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and Spartacus ballets.
The Bolshoi's visit comes after a tumultuous year for the famed Moscow company: In December, the solo dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison for ordering an acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin. Almost simultaneously, Vassily Sinaisky, the company's music director, resigned, without explanation. The New York performances will feature a rotating cast of conductors. The Bolshoi is among the world's oldest and biggest opera and ballet companies.
As previously announced, Lincoln Center Festival will also give the New York premiere performances of the Houston Grand Opera production of The Passenger, Mieczysław Weinberg’s 1968 opera about the Holocaust. The work will be presented at the Park Avenue Armory.
The festival runs from July 7 through August 16.
Below is a scene from the Bolshoi's The Tsar’s Bride: