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Bolshoi Violinist Dies After Fall Into Orchestra Pit

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 02:39 PM

By David Ogul

A violinist with the Bolshoi Theatre fell to his death when he stumbled into the orchestra pit below the stage, BBC News reported.

Details of the fall were not available Thursday.

Viktor Sedov, 65, was a performer in the second violins and had played with the opera house’s orchestra for four decades. A spokeswoman for the world renowned theater said Sedov fell on Tuesday and died of his injuries the following day. Katerina Novikova told the BBC Sedov as loved for his “sense of humor and extraordinary erudition.”

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The tragedy was the latest in a series of apparently unrelated incidents connected with the Bolshoi. An artistic director in January was nearly blinded when acid was thrown into his face near his home. Bolshoi personnel later said that Sergei Finn may have staged the attack. In March, however, a dancer admitted to organizing the assault, but said he did not mean acid to be used.

Earlier this month, officials fired the theater’s director general. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said at the time that Anatoly Iksanov was dismissed after 13 years because of a “difficult situation at the theatre,” the Daily Mail reported.

Visitors to the Bolshoi say the theatre has retained its luster.

“Despite the recent scandals, the quality of productions and dancers has never come down, and makes it easily a top-three ballet house in the world. The recently renovated historic stage is gorgeous. All in a mythic experience!” wrote Alexis M. of London on TripAdvisor.com.

“An amazing place in an amazing city,” wrote KevinB6 of Russia. “Even if you do not like ballet or opera, it is still worth a visit just to say, 'I’ve been there.’”

The Bolshoi Theatre is the parent to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and reopened nearly two years ago after a six-year renovation estimated to have cost more than $1 billion. The theater company traces its origins to 1776, but the current theater is believed to have been built around 1821.

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