Valentin Uryupin resigns as conductor of the Moscow Opera

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Driver Valentine Uryupin left his position as conductor of Moscow Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatera role he assumed in May 2021 in time for their 2021/22 concert season.

“As you probably already know, some time ago I was forced to resign for very good personal reasons,” Uryupin said. written in an open letter to the operawhich has been translated. “To say I’m sorry is to say nothing. I was looking forward to the new season, planned with love by us, the team that received me so warmly and thought I missed me. For me, this is a big, absolutely forced loss.

Although he wished the orchestra and theater staff good luck for the coming seasons, no specific reason for his departure was provided.

“There have already been too many interpretations of [Uryupin’s] words on the release of the Novaya Opera. The truth is concrete: he was forced to leave,” said the music journalist. Sergei Bulanov, according to Russian classical music news.

“Until this moment, Valentin naively considered the option of remaining in the post of conductor, continuing to openly condemn the special operation [war in Ukraine]Supposed Bulanov.

Uryupin has opposed the war in Ukraine from the start: “I would like to post here a message that I wrote on Facebook just hours after the start of the so-called ‘special operation'”. he wrote on Instagram in February 2022.

“It is impossible to justify aggressive military operations,” he added. “For me, as for the absolute majority of my friends and colleagues, it is unthinkable to support them internally and to show solidarity with them.”

Prior to his role at the Novaya Opera Theatre, Uryupin served as artistic director and conductor of the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra from 2015.

Between 2008 and 2011, Uryupin was the principal guest conductor of the Kharkov Youth Academic Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011, he has conducted the Belarusian State Television and Radio Orchestra, Minsk, and was a conductor at the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater. In 2013 he participated in the recording of music for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Born in Ukraine in 1985, Uryupin studied clarinet and conducting at Moscow Conservatory with Evgeny Petrov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Alexander Bonduryansky. He is also the winner of 20 international clarinet competitions across Europe, South Africa and Asia.

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