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Wednesday, 27 June, 2001, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
New chief conductor for Russia's Bolshoi

A Russian conductor, Alexander Vedernikov, has been appointed as the new head of the orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

This follows the resignation earlier this month of Gennadiy Rozhdestvensky, who was the Bolshoi's chief conductor and its artistic director.

Russian media reports said Mr Rozhdestvensky was unhappy about mixed reaction to the premiere of an opera, The Gambler, based on a Dostoevsky novel.

Apart from serving as chief conductor of the Moscow Symphonic Orchestra, Mr Vedernikov, 38, has performed at La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House in London.

Correspondents say the Bolshoi has seen several management changes in recent years, as it struggled to maintain its international reputation despite financial problems and a lack of clear artistic direction.

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