Court refuses to ban Bolshoi's new production
MOSCOW, April 9 - RAPSI. The Tverskoy District Court has held against Moscow resident Svetlana Voronina's lawsuit to force the Bolshoi Theater to stop showing its new version of the classical opera, "Ruslan and Lyudmila," and pay her $34k in damages for "her moral sufferings during the performance".
The opera was written by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka in the mid-19th century. The new stage version was shown after a six-year theater renovation and had a controversial impression on the public and the press.
The plaintiff stated in her claim that the performance she saw in November "was a sophisticated psychological experiment on the audience, a besmirching of a Russian man's image and a mockery of Russian culture." She also noted that the performance was full of vulgar sexual scenes and trampled underfoot the moral foundations of society.
Thus, she asked the court to force the Bolshoi stop performing the show, to compensate her for moral damage and to issue her a ticket to a classical production.
The Bolshoi Theater reopened with a gala concert on October 28, 2011, after six years of extensive reconstruction, which cost an estimated 35.4 billion rubles ($1.2 billion).